Syria airstrikes: US targets airfield in first direct military action against Assad
Since early 2013, the American government closely followed by the United Kingdom government and with the French governments padding along at their heels like some well rained and obedient poodle, have been desperately seeking some justification, no matter how tenuous, to become involved in the Syrian Civil war. In this odious quest, they have been enthusiastically encouraged and supported by a media and television machine, frantically baying for the removal of Bashar al Assad and the Damascus government.
Hidden amongst the rhetoric and disinformation regarding civil rights abuses, humanitarian assistance, chemical weapon programmes and the rest, all spewed out to advocate Western involvement, lies the real reasoning behind the enthusiasm for military intervention. The first and foremost reason was and still remains, regime change in Syria aimed at replacing the Damascus government and Bashar al Assad, with a regime closer to and more reliant on Western, or more accurately American, goods, services, technical and military support.
Unfortunately for the west, the numerous "rebel groups" are divided into hundreds of factions, some of which the Western Powers will openly support and others which might be described as the "bad rebels" such as ISIS and Al Qaeda who "the West" are covertly assisting and all of whom seem to be involved in a war between themselves. A truly complex situation which is almost insoluble.
With the news overnight (6th/7th April 2017) of the American Cruise missile strike against a Syrian government airfield at al-Shayrat near Homs, "in retaliation" for the alleged chemical weapons attack upon civilians in Khan Sheikhoun in the rebel held Idlib province, a significant change of policy appears to have been embarked upon in Washington. The strike took place even as the United Nations security Council were considering a resolution calling for a full investigation and report into the reports from Khan Sheikhoun and clearly demonstrates that the American government has lost patience with its position and constant frustration and now seeks to unilaterally impose its will in Syria. Events over the next few days and weeks, will reveal to what extent the region and the world has moved towards a wider conflict or whether the attack of last night was just a short sharp shock.
"The West" are quick to exert military or other measures to inflict their collective desires in Syria, Iraq or in other locations around the region, and yet those same powers and the media who support them, are woefully silent in respect of atrocities committed by allies of the West in Yemen or Palestine or Somalia to name but three.
The Western powers and their media champions, would do well to note the following:
the behaviour of people who do things that they tell other people not to do:
behaviour that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel