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In 'Clear Violation of Domestic and International Law,' Trump Bombs Syria

In 'Clear Violation of Domestic and International Law,' Trump Bombs Syria

Jon Queally, staff writer

Foreign policy experts, human rights groups, and anti-war activists all immediately and forcefully condemned the U.S. bombardment of Syria on Friday night after reports indicated the "illegal" attack on the sovereign Middle East nation had begun and President Donald Trump announced in a national address that he had ordered the strikes alongside French and U.K. forces.




Send to The Hague to face charges as a war criminal!


Just conservatives doing what they do best, fuck things up.


Totally illegal. At least Germany didn’t go along but Britain and France did. And apparently the Republicans are supporting it. The Republican Party no longer seems to care about the US Constitution or anything other than winning election and furthering the crazy libertarian views of the Koch brothers and going along for the ride with white supremacist president who seems to support fascism. The only opposition in Washington seems to be the Democrats but they don’t have the power to do anything about it by themselves. Congress should hold an emergency meeting to address this flaunting of the law by Trump and certainly the UN needs to be meet as soon as possible to deal with this.


I had just pulled into the parking lot to do some late grocery shoping, and this bombing blared out of my car radio. I am appalled and ashamed of my country. This is just the latest in a long line of illegal atrocities and war crimes this country has committed. This isn’t about Trump. This about the US Empire run amok.

Not just our Congress should go into special session to address this illegal bombing of a sovereign nation, but the UN better get its act together tomorrow and sanction the USA, France, and the UK.

I’m am totally pissed off and hope that Russia can keep a cool head about all this.


We need to have the politicians in charge of the US war machine tried for war crimes. This political system largely agrees with this type of stuff, there are huge profits in war, and the media is basically the propaganda arm of the state when it comes to stuff like this. Our democracy and economy are broken, and the Democrats are not up the task.

This has nothing to do with human rights, nothing at all, and everyone knows it. Those on TV know it, the politicians know it, most of the country knows it. I am sick to death of this country, this political system, these two parties, our foreign policy, the war industries, our media. To hell with it all.


There is no way this comes under terrorism. The attack was against a nation state engaged in a civil war. The US did attack ISIS in Syria but that was considered to be an attack against terrorists.


Illegal and immoral and reckless.


An article suggested that the US and its Allies talked themselves into a corner on this and that the Russians , as they did before gave the US and its allies an out so that they could “save face” while preventing ouright war. According to an ex Israeli Intelligence official , Syria and Russia moved all of its assets to other bases leaving the main targets empty of anything tangible. He claimed that did this so that the US could go ahead and launch the strikes, speak to the public of their resolve and then go home. He made the claims the strikes would happen several days ago.

Once the attacks made , Russia and Syria move their assets back to the Airfields being targetted and it back to the situation that existed prior to tonight.

Whether this an accurate assessment remains to be seen.

The Countries that perfromed this action are in clear violation of International law , but this was the case with Iraq and Yemen as well.


It’s state terrorism. Let’s follow the logic of this all through. We say that ISIS in Syria poses a threat to us, so we bomb ISIS, or we (laughingly bomb Syria on human rights grounds) and we support similar groups at the same time in Syria, but that’s another story. Now, if the logic is that it is justified, this is justified, then couldn’t Syria bomb a Lockheed Martin plant? Why not the Pentagon? Certainly both of those institutions pose a threat to Syria, and clearly international law doesn’t matter, right? Terrorism is politically motivated violence directed at a group or a government, violence used in order to achieve a political objective. This is terrorism, state terrorism, and it is in violation of international law. And as I said, if you want argue against that, then you’d have to say nothing if Syria bombed a plant that made bombs that could be used against it. If a bomb takes out a preschool, oops, Syria will send thoughts and prayers, issue an apology, say it targeted a terrorist weapons manufacturer and made a mistake, and you’ll be here arguing that it wasn’t terrorism. Right? I mean, with our horrific foreign policy and human rights record, shouldn’t Syria protect the world and the region from us?


I guess this is all Comey and Muller’s fault…Wag the dog!

And even if it did need approval the lily livered Congress would just sit on their thumbs like they have in the past.


Absolutely, and while Barack Obama was totally opposed this kind of thing, he couldn’t do anything about it, so instead he expanded the drone wars to seven countries, bombed civilians daily and declared that he alone could decide to execute without trial anyone anywhere, even American Citizens.

Hillary (we came, we saw, he died) Clinton opposed it but couldn’t do anything about it, so she voted in favor of it and later declared that the U.S. should impose a “no-fly” in Syria, and shoot down any plane from anywhere, even Russia, to maintain the Empire and it’s rule.

I can’t leave this country, I don’t have the means, but if I could, I would flee now.


All three countries have seats on the UN Security Council, and would veto any proposed sanctions.

The UN needs to abolish the Security Council, and democratize its legal authority.


From Al Jazeera’s coverage:

"Pro-Assad official: Targets evacuated prior to attack
_The Syrian government evacuated the targeted sites days ago thanks to a warning from Russia, a senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus told Reuters news agency. _
_“We had an early warning of the strike from the Russians … and all military bases were evacuated a few days ago,” Reuters quoted the official as saying. _
The official added that around 30 missiles were fired in the attack, saying “we are carrying out an assessment of the material damages”. "


We know he’s a monster. Now we know he’s a murderer. President Shithole.


By the way, does anyone think it’s purely coincidental that this is taking place just as the Palestinians are marching, and being slaughtered, once again, by IDF snipers?

Talk about diversionary distraction!


Not sure but I do find it interesting that the inspectors were going to show up tomorrow. Not even sure where they bombed. If they bombed where the chemical attack happened then it looks like they are trying to prevent an actual investigation. Think this is what happened last time.


Again from Al Jazeera’s coverage:

‘Three targets hit’
Joseph Dunford, Washington’s top general, said the precision strikes hit three targets - a scientific research centre near Damascus, a storage facility and command post also near the capital and a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs.

(Full coverage here https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/syria-air-strikes-latest-updates-180414021423479.html )


I mean yeah it sounds like it…via CNN: “I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said". That doesn’t sound like they wanted to leave much to be inspected.