Recent Syria attack is short-sighted


Universally, thousands of people protest for peace and for countries like the United States, France and the United Kingdom to stop bombing an already suffering Middle East.

Victoria Sponar, Staff Writer

On April 13, the United States decided to join France and the United Kingdom in bombing Syria in three different targets without congressional approval. This, with sadly no surprise, was announced by our President through his favorite outlet to let out important political information: Twitter.

His first mention of the attack was approximately three days prior, in which he 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!”

In his tweet rampage, the “Gas Killing Animal” is also known as the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, who was accused of murdering 42 children and adult citizens just outside of Damascus using chemical weapons. This attack is what led Trump to decide to bomb Syria a week later.

Trump’s decision in attacking Syria was unprofessional, immature and completely inconsiderate. Since 2011, the innocent civilians of Syria have been suffering through unceasing war and terror. They have been said to live a ‘life worse than death.’ This country has also been in a civil war for seven years.

Trump’s decision in attacking Syria was unprofessional, immature and completely inconsiderate.

— Staff Writer Victoria Sponar

The fighting is between soldiers who are in support of Assad, the revolutionists known as rebels who are fighting for Assad to step down from power, and a group that calls themselves the Islamic State.

Other outside supporters have involved themselves with this war, transforming the situation into an even more complicated one. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United States support the group against the current Syrian government, while Russia and Iran are the Syrian government’s most essential supporters.

Instead of using more peaceful and less lethal methods, the United States is only creating more chaos and havoc for these people that have nothing to do with their government’s ruthless actions.  

Bombing is part of a continued pattern that only brings more violence in the Middle East. Whether or not the United States will continue intervening, there is one thing that needs to stay clear: bombing is not the solution. As of now, it is not clear what the attack accomplished, and all the collateral damage that this has caused on this innocent civilians of Syria is not worth it. Fighting fire with fire will never lead to a good or peaceful solution.