Friday 7 April 2017

The Path to World War III

There are many synchronicities in history. On the 6th of April 1917 the United States of America declared war on Germany and entered World War I. Now, exactly one hundred years later on the 6th of April 2017, the USA fired the shot that might start World War III. A volley of land attack missiles were launched from US Navy ships that destroyed much of an airbase in Syria. A few days ago news agencies in Turkey claimed that Syrian government forces carried out an attack against a rebel-held town with chemical weapons. The deadly nerve gas used is alleged to have killed eighty people, including children. President Trump ordered the attack against Syria in response. Russia claimed that the deaths previously were caused by substances from warheads accidentally leaking. There are many problems with the original news story, not least that the evidence makes the incident look very different and, to be honest, in fact doesn't support the event even happening. Firstly, Turkey is an ally of some of the Syrian rebels and has a vested interest in smearing the Syrian government. Also the video footage of the event brings up some questions. The scene is attended by Turkish ambulances; so how did they get into rebel-held Syria? Why are the paramedics assisting those supposedly injured by deadly chemicals not wearing protective clothing? In some cases they are dealing with the patients with bare hands, see here for more information: and: Russia has condemned the US attack on Syria. This is understandable seeing as at least six people are thought to have been killed and Russia is backing the government of President Bashar al-Assad against ISIS and other insurgents. There were even Russian troops stationed at the base, see: One thing that I feared can no longer be denied; Trump has been compromised. When President Donald Trump took office I was delighted because he was an anti-establishment figure through and through; but at the time I warned that the shadow government would not give up and would regroup. If they couldn't keep Trump out of the White House they would look for a way to manage him, see: This military strike against Syria is an astonishing and contemptible U-turn for Trump. His entire campaign message for over two years never deviated from his policy of friendlier relations with Russia and its Middle Eastern allies; and an end to foreign wars of destabilization. What he has done today is exactly what Hillary Clinton would have done had she become president. We can no longer trust Trump. The title of this post looks dramatic, but this is what it could mean.


Laurence said...

Could not agree more Ben. A very disappointing development. Contrary to popular propaganda, Syria and the Levant are highly cultured lands, about a thousand times more so than the US and other parts of the West. President Assad is, in addition, a highly educated and excellent orator, again contrary to popular belief. It beggars belief that the US should rush to judgement like this. Having said that, we should give President T. another chance, IMHO.

Ben Emlyn-Jones said...

It's very sad, Laurence. While there's always the hope that this is a one-off. We'll see. I'm making another post about that soon.