Unlike mealy mouth Obama President Trump demonstrated with his ordering the strikes against Syrian chemical facilities that he says what he means and means what he says. His order demonstrated the utter uselessness of the United Nations in enforcing the international law banning the use of chemical weapons.

Chemical weapons were used abundantly in World War I.  The Germans used them to try to win the war. By the end of the war they produced 50,000 tons.

The chemicals were of various types.  There were blister gases, nerve gases, lung irritants, and irritant smokes. The blister gases caused severe burns if they came into contact with exposed skin. Nerve gases caused death, blindness or parasis. Those who experienced being gassed found it to be a horrifying eperience.

In the 1920’s the use of toxic gasses was outlawed BY international treaty; however, it didn’t cease the practice.  There was limited use up to the present time. One attack was the use of sarin gas by a Japanese cult years ago in the Tokyo subway system.  It killed a host of people.

The left is in a frenzy  because unlike Obama who drew a line in the sand and backed down when it was ignored Trump acted decisively. The protests against Trump’s quick action is just another far left demonstration to bring Trump down.

Under the Constitution Trump is the commander-in-chief and can authorize military action he deems appropriate. Contrary to Democrats complaining that Preisdent Trump should have consulted Congress, they never complained when Obama sent American troops into a foreign nation to kill a terrorist – Osama bin Laden.  Secrecy was needed for the latter but secrecy was also needed for the attack on the gas facilities.

There is a positive side to Trump’s order. First, Assad killed and injured his own people especially women and children. Second, he used chemical agents banned by international law. Liberals ignore this fact. Third, Assad was attacking fellow Muslims. He is Shia and they are Sunni.  Sunnis realize that Assad is a pawn of Shia Iran which finances terrorism around the world.   Most Muslims are Sunnis.  This strengthens US ties with Sunni populations like Indonesia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morrocco, etc. Fourth, Trump verified his pledge to Sunnis that he stood with them against the terrorism of Iran.His attack demonstrated he was as good as his word.  Fifth, he provided a warning to Russia that unlike Obama he will not be pushed around. Sixth, the Putin sponsored involvement in Syria is unpopular in Russia. This is why Putin has established a security force to protect his regime. Trump’s action along with his sanctions is hurting Russia’s economy and their military. Seventh, Trump has made a mockery of the UN. He exhibited why it is an organization with little or no power to influence world affairs, maintain peace, and prevent conflicts. The UN should have stopped Assad’s use of chemical weapons long ago.

Just like the League of Nations failed in its quest secure peace in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the United Nations has continually failed in its quest since the end of World War II in 1945. Both the League of Nations and the United Nations were ideas of Democrat presidents. Both presidents built into the organizations flaws that doomed the oraganizations to be expensive failures. For instance, Russia can veto any action by the Security Council with a single veto.

Presidents are rated in history by what they achieve or don’t achieve.  Presidents who act decisively are highly regarded by historians. This raid will rate a high grade by historians. Trump demonstrated real leadership. Unlike Obama who “led from behind” Trump led from the front by making his words meaningful and clear.


About camden41

Retired public school administrator Retired history professor: Taught Western Civilization, American Civil War, United States History, Economic History, Ancient & Medieval Foundations, American History Since 1945
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