[Images from WITNESS, with thanks]
“ISIS, not Assad, is our enemy in Syria”, said Patrick J. Buchanan in September, 2016. Is there anything to make us think differently now?
There is no solid proof that poisonous chemicals were dropped by the regime’s planes, whose bombs were targeting the Rebels’ arms warehouses, or that they were actually carrying these chemicals that brought such horrific casualties among innocent civilians, many of them children. According to the press release from Russia, the chemicals were being stored beside the military targets to be used by the Rebels against the army (and possibly civilians too) of the Assad regime, and that exploded at the same time the Syrian army’s bombs hit the ground. Could that have been the Rebels and ISIS’ plans all along? They would have calculated that the West would react with indignation against Assad in exactly the way it has done, today bombing targets to weaken the Syrian forces. Are we not playing into the Rebels’ hands once more?
We do not know the whole truth yet, but jumping in to attack the legitimate Syrian regime – in a country where Christians once lived in peace with all their rights safeguarded by President Assad – to be now under attack by the West is hypocritical and gravely imprudent.
Update – From The Catholic Herald: “Church leaders in Syria condemn ‘disturbing’ US air strikes”
Patriarch Younan and other Catholic leaders said Donald Trump’s decision was hasty
Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria have criticised the US missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported earlier this week.