10 April 2017

The World Approves U.S. Attack on Syria

The World Approves
The US recently launched a cruise-missile attack on an airfield and military infrastructure controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad. This was in response to a chemical attack that killed at least 80 people, many of whom are children, in the Idlib province earlier.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who was initially resistant to the idea of becoming involved in Syria, radically changed his stance following the chemical attack and said the strike was "in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons."

And the world cheered.

United Kingdom: Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the UK government gave its full support to the US over the attacks, saying the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria passed a clear red line in international law.

"The American Defense Secretary Jim Mattis consulted me early yesterday evening about our assessment of the regime's culpability for the chemical weapons attack and we reviewed the need to understand and to deal with any likely Russian reactions to the attack," Fallon told the BBC.

Turkey: Turkey welcomed the strike and called for a no-fly zone over Syria and for the creation of safe zones.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the strike was "a positive response" to the "war crimes" of the regime of Assad and added that the bombing of the Sharyat air base marked "an important step to ensure that chemical and conventional attacks against the civilian population do not go unpunished," according to AFP.

Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country "fully supports" the "strong and clear message" sent by the US attack and added that the message should "resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang, and elsewhere."

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also said the strike was an "appropriate response" to the "unthinkable brutality" of the chemical attacks in Syria and that the US "serves as an example to the entire free world" to support steps to end atrocities in Syria.

France and Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Fran├žois Hollande put out a joint statement on Friday after talking on the phone, saying Assad brought the strikes upon himself by using chemical weapons.

"President Assad alone carries responsibility for these developments" with his "repeated use of chemical weapons and his crimes against his own people," they said. The two leaders added that their countries would continue to work with UN partners in "efforts to hold President Assad responsible for his criminal acts."

Australia: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the government "strongly supports the swift and just response of the United States" and that the response was "proportionate and targeted," according to the Associated Press.