Saturday, April 8, 2017

Trump pulls the trigger in Syria: Our view--USA TODAY




USA TODAY Editorial Board  -- 

President Trump's authorization of missile strikes Thursday night was an appropriate way to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad and his military for gassing his own helpless people two days earlier. The nerve agents employed are among the most barbarous and indiscriminate weapons ever devised.

The world was so appalled by their cruelty during World War I that when leaders later met in Geneva to impose international restrictions on war-making, they barred chemical and biological weapons, even though such weapons accounted for only 1% of the battlefield slaughter.

The launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles from two U.S. destroyers in the Mediterranean — on, coincidentally, the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I — pounded a single Syrian airfield the Pentagon says was the base from which jets carried out Tuesday's chemical warfare attacks.

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