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Trump had to strike Syria ahead of summit with Kim Jung Un

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by Joseph Earnest April 14, 2018


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump'sstrike upon Syria did not come as a surprise to both Syria and Russia, because he gave them ample time through his tweets, to move any sensitive equipment to safe sites.


The strikes also did not come as surprise to any media practitioner who is perceptive, given that the US and North Korea will be holding a summit a few weeks from now, regarding North Korea's Kim Jung Un's nuclear weapons.


While it was unnecessary to strike Syria in order to demonstrate to North Korea's Kim Jung Un that he too has swollen testicles, Trump did it as a pre-text to the summit, hoping to send a message to Mr. Rocketman (Trump's words, not mine) that the he has the will to strike a country that doesn't follow the narrative the US government has set in place, in regard to chemical or nuclear weapon possession.


It is also interesting that Trump ordered the strikes on Friday the 13th, which superstitious minds believe is an unlucky number.


Yet, it is highly unlikely that North Korea will give up all of its nuclear ambitions completely, since its nuclear weapons have acted as a deterrent against attacks from the West, namely: US, Britain and France.


In 2003 Libya agreed to dismantle its nuclear program, give up its biological and chemical weapons, but was still attacked in 2011. NATO was able to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya because it was nuclear-free, a lesson North Korea, Iran and Pakistan have learned by observing Gaddafi's mistake of dismantling his program.


The strike upon Syria on Friday had nothing to do with Syria or Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons. It had everything to do with the US going into next month's summit with a well-crafted aura of resolve toward ensuring North Korea falls in line with the likes of Iraq, Syria, Yugoslavia and Libya--all of which are causalities of war and its after-effects once they became nuclear-free.


"My fellow Americans, a short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway. We thank them both..." Trump said from the White House's Diplomatic Room, as he launched an attack against the Arab Republic.


Sputnik news of Russia reported that Syria's Air Defense Force, shot down some 71 of the 103 cruise missiles detected. This included the interception of all 12 missiles launched at the Al-Dumyar air base northeast of Damascus. Syrian media, for its part, reported that the military had destroyed 20 missiles over Damascus alone.


Since Russia is providing the air defense weaponry to Syria, this is a triumph of technology for the Russians, over aggression from the West. Russia also has a very sophisticated electronic warfare weapon-jamming system that it uses in Syria to jam airborne weapons, by altering their targets.

According to Russian military observers, Syria's most formidable air defense systems are its Pantsirs and BuK-M1-2 and Buk M-2Es, which can shoot down F-15s from 45 km away and simultaneously track and destroy up to two dozen enemy targets. Furthermore, the S-125 Pechora remains a problem for NATO, despite its age. In March 2015, Syria shot down a US Predator drone in Latakia using the system. Finally, of course, there are those S-200s, which have an operational range of 300 km. It was one of these that shot down the intruder Israeli F-16 in February 2018.

Trump concluded his speech at the White House after ordering strikes on Syria by saying, "America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances.  As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home.  And great warriors they are."

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