This morning we woke up to the news that the U.S and its allies had taken the step of launching strikes against the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
These strike were in response to the chemical attack on Douma last Saturday. One hundred and five missiles were launched against three sites linked to Syria’s chemical weapons infrastructure. The U.S. President tweeted about the strikes being perfectly executed adding “mission accomplished”.
All of us should welcome these strikes and indeed this should have been done many years ago after President Obama’s red line was crossed in the first instance. These type of weapons are proscribed under international law and therefore the removal of the ability to carry out such attacks is fully justified.
There is at this moment a major fall out in the U.K as the Prime Minister has authorised these strikes (something she is very well entitled to do) without the consent of parliament. This is a nonsense, people are dying in real time, and the Syrian’s do not have the time to wait for Jeremy Corbyn to grandstand his anti-war position. This precedent that has been set in the past few years is not a very good one and although I have been critical of the Prime Minister on this blog, I commend her for having the courage to break it.
The West in recent years has become weak and impotent. Our enemies namely Russia have taken advantage of this weakness, spreading false propaganda to deliberately divide us amongst ourselves. The fact is three sites in Syria which housed chemical weapons are no more. That these cannot be used by anyone any longer is no doubt a good thing. We have sent a message loud and clear to President Assad that we are willing to act.
There will be those on my side of the political spectrum who take an absolutist view of the non-aggression principal (NAP). This is a mistake. Libertarians are not anarchist and we should oppose anarchy not just at home but on the World stage. Yes, we should be cautious about the use of force but in this case the majority of the international community agree (rightly) that these weapons add a touch of barbarism which is beyond the pale. Therefore the majority has a right to enforce this rule. The actions taken by The U.S Britain and France will act as a deterrent for future use of these weapons.
Since the Syrian civil war began in 2012 over half a million people have lost their lives. Millions have been displaced. We see the effects here at home with the returning of jihadi fighter and the migrant crisis engulfing the continent. Following on from this action let us hope that the powers that be may finally come up with a plan for ending the war itself.