It’s been a busy night for the U.S. military with the assistance of allies from the United Kingdom and France. On Friday, April 13, 2018, President Trump ordered precision missile strikes in Syria that targeted the chemical weapon factories operated by Bashar Hafez al-Assad and believed used in an attack over the past week. Video footage showing babies and children gasping for air and reeling in pain left the nation saddened and shocked and ultimately moved President Trump to act.
While the united front with the U.K. and France is reminiscent of World War II, Russia’s siding with Assad is not. In WWII, it was Russian troops joining with American forces that ultimately led to victory and the removal of Hitler and Nazi power. Now, Russia has sided with Assad and many Syrians can be seen not only supporting Assad but waving Russian flags.
Syria was once known as the most Christian country in the Middle East. It was home to the Eastern Orthodox Church of Antioch and other Catholic churches. As a minority, most of Syria’s Christians have been slaughtered, crucified, and driven out of their country.
Damascus, which was made famous in the Bible story where Saul, the Christian church’s persecutor who saw an apparition of Jesus Christ and had his name changed to Paul, is now being lit ablaze by missile strikes as the U.S. and her allies tries to stop the chemical assault and attack of infants, children and families.
— Harleywired (@Harleywerd) April 14, 2018
Reports regarding the April 13 mission are varied. While the U.S. and Syrian news say the mission was a success, Russia is reporting something different.
Syrian news showed video footage of a ravaged facility believed to have been used in the manufacturing of chemical weapons. The building was demolished and razed to the ground. Syrian reports also indicate that approximately 13 out of 100 missiles were shot down.
Russia claims that approximately 70 of the U.S. and allies 100 missiles were shot down.
President Trump ordered a previous attack in Syria due to the use of chemical weapons against civilians last year. It is unclear at this point whether a military action such as the missile strike that occurred will happen again.