The Trump-ordered strikes on the Syrian government airbase suspected of carrying out the lethal chemical attack on the citizens in Idlib, Syria, may have been an off the handle decision by a less than popular president, who continues to be even less predictable in his ways. But I found in that moment of shock, anxiety and apprehension something fulfilling, I was applauding for an action I hoped would have come years earlier under the Obama administration.
I am still very critical of the man that occupies one of the most powerful positions militarily as commander-in-chief of the United States military forces, who has refused to take in refugees. The Obama drone strikes that supposedly targeted Islamic State forces but simultaneously weakening the Syrian government was covertly done, however, the situation within Syria begged for a blatant rebuke of the Bashir Al-Assad regime's murderous and ruthless squashing of the resistance to oust him and ushering in democracy for Syria.
Intervention or not?
The raw humanitarian crises themselves should be prompting swifter action by the world. But the fact are that the Syrian conflict is in its seventh year, and according to the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) more than 465,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, more than a million injured and over 12 million Syrians – half the country's prewar population – have been displaced from their homes.
When we speak of intervention, it involves all possible avenues to resolve the ongoing situation, this could be by way of humanitarian, political and/or military means but by whichever way we choose it must be a multilateral approach. We continue to see negotiations and talks with little progress, humanitarian aid supplies can hardly reach war torn areas and all military action against Assad is neutralized because of Russian involvement.
We must not leave the outcome in Syria to be determined by the infamous high level politicking at the United Nations and other diplomatic round tables, as Russia continues to impede any sort of serious international action to discredit and criminalize Assad and his regime for the atrocities. And we must not accept that endless war or the eventual exhaustion is acceptable.
There is no appetite for war and even less appetite for dictators who wield power with impunity and their backers who only seek to maintain relationships for geopolitical and economic concerns.