Posted by DrJohn on 7 April, 2017 at 9:57 am. 1 comment.


Syrians have had mixed reaction to the US strikes, with some hailing them as marking an end to Bashar al-Assad’s impunity while others believe it will achieve nothing.

“Assad made a monumental miscalculation this time,” Syrian-American aid worker Adham Sahloul told the Telegraph from the southern Turkish town of Gaziantep. “The US’s response at the moment has been a slap on the wrist, but one that could change the calculus in Syria. The regime might just change its mind next time it thinks of targeting civilians.”

He added: “Lots of pro-Obama or anti-war folks saying things like “this doesn’t change anything” and “Trump doesn’t care about Syrians”, as if we don’t know these things and are just stupid people looking for America to save us.

“It’s sort of like when a kid loses a game and ruins the game board for everyone and says “it’s just a stupid game” “I don’t even care”. I wouldn’t want to have been on the wrong side of history, either.”

For many this had been a long-time coming. Opposition supporters watched as President Assad’s regime gassed and killed more than 1,300 people in a Damascus suburb in 2013, an attack which crossed Barack Obama’s “red line”. But to their surprise, nothing happened.

Kassem Eid, an activist who was injured in the chemical weapons attack in Moadamiya, told the Telegraph: “I am going to name my son Donald, if I have one. This man is a hero. He has balls.”


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