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Donald Trump V. Syria

By Guerdyna Gelin

For over a year, the United States has had problems with Syria. Recently, the United States decided to intervene due to hundreds of civilian deaths caused by chemical attacks from Assad, the country's President.  As stated by Primoz Manfreda on ThoughtsCo., the use of chemical weapons is banned by international conventions, but the Syrian government is not a signatory. Peace between the United States and Syria has been attempted, but has failed.” 

Donald Trump has been threatening and attacking Syria because of this event. Trump warningly tweeted “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” However, these threats escalated into reality on the night of April 13, 2018, when Trump performed a “perfectly executed strike” on Syria. In addition to all of this, according to USA Today, Trump says these strikes will remain in place until Syria permanently stops using chemical weapons. In the long run however, these strikes could potentially start a war with Russia. This is because the Russian military has the potential to shoot down any missiles launched at Syria. Russia is a loyal Assad supporter, and drops warplanes in Syria to help Assad kill thousands of anti-government fighters and civilians.  

Trump feels that best solution for this difficult situation is violence, and it will not stop until he gets his way. Also, Trump will hold almost anyone accountable but himself. On April 12th, 2018, he tweeted “If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!” Here he says, Obama drafted a line in the sand which did absolutely nothing. He is also saying that Obama had correctly handled the issue and taken the proper prevention precautions like he is, this problem would be long gone. However, when Obama was in office, the country did not have as many conflicts as it does today. Thus, the United States has done enough damage as it is and should step down from this external conflict. 

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