Truth Bombs from Syria - Keep Calm & Carry On
Q - WHAT HAPPENED?
A- Last night and in the early hours of the morning on 14th April 2018, U.S, U.K and French Air and Naval forces took action against the Assad regime - after the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian people.
All three allied parties confirmed that the strike was a singular action that hoped to primarily target the scientific infrastructure and bases where it is believed that the chemical attacks originated from.
Through the Pentagon, allied forces confirmed that no further action would be taken in Syria unless there were more chemical attacks against children and the Syrian people.
Russia has condemned the strikes and cryptically confirmed that the actions of the allied forces would not pass without “consequences”. Russian Jets were also scrambled, but there have been no reports of interceptions or shots being fired.
Q- WHAT ARE THE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE STRIKE?
A- Whatever your individual assessment on intervention in Syria is, there has been some hysterical reactions from the anti-war Left and Right. They have asserted that ISIS Jihadis have used the bombings as air cover to attack Al Yarmouk, which is being described as a Christian neighbourhood. However, Al Yarmouk is not an exclusively Christian neighbourhood. Al Yarmouk in southern Damascus has always been a predominantly Palestinian area which has been in and out of ISIS, and Hamas backed groups hands since 2012.
Yarmouk, a once thriving area with over 100,000 residents now has less than 18,000 people left after all of the fighting, displacement and devastation that ISIS vs Assad and his Russian and Iranian/ Hezbollah allies have caused. It has been fought over, consistently, by several groups and is an area of constant battle in Damascus. So, the fact that Jihadists are operating in the area is no shock whatsoever and has little to nothing to do with the fact that U.S led forces attacked government and infrastructural targets to the North and West. Particularly as Al-Yarmouk is in the south.
We should not jump to conclusions or blame the strike for this activity, indeed the activity from hostile forces is very much ‘business as usual’ for the area. Indeed, Damascus is defined by daily fighting and attacks in many of its neighbourhoods not just in Yarmouk.
Similarly, there has been assertions from those apposed to intervention within Syria that have argued that countering the gassing of children by bombing the same children will do nothing to solve the issue; but these critics and reactionaries have not understood the reality of this singular intervention. The strikes by the U.K, France and America were targeted, precision hits on targets like Barzeh Military Research Centre, Syrian Republican Guard HQ and allegedly military bases and airfields; not civilian centres. Even Syrian Officials and television sources are not reporting any civilian deaths and only three ‘woundings’. None of which have been confirmed or investigated by non-partisan investigators or NGO’s.