Last week, Restore Progress reported on Donald Trump’s latest capitulation to Vladimir Putin – namely, that the United States would no longer resist the brutal actions of Putin-backed Syrian president Bashar al Assad.
Since the Trump administration’s shift in policy, an emboldened Assad has intensified his strikes against opposition forces. These actions culminated in a potential war crime on Tuesday, when the Assad regime unleashed a series of horrific chemical attacks against Syrian citizens, leaving 58 people, including 11 children, dead.
As reported by the Washington Post:
“Suspected chemical attacks in northern Syria on Tuesday left at least 58 people dead and scores struggling to breathe as Europe’s top diplomat said the Syrian government bore “primary responsibility.”
“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights…said a series of airstrikes…appeared to involve a gas that caused people to choke, faint and foam at the mouth. The observatory said 11 children were among the dead. In the past, Syria forces have been accused of using chlorine-based weapons that cause similar symptoms.”
“[I]mages from the area showed the bodies of at least a dozen men, women and children splayed across the ground between two houses. Video footage showed lifeless bodies wrapped in blankets and packed on the back of a truck. The youngest children were wearing diapers.”
In doing Putin’s bidding, Trump has emboldened an apparent war criminal to take increasingly barbaric actions with impunity. Hopefully our European allies will step in where Donald Trump will not.