A picture released by the French Defence audiovisual communication and production unit (ECPAD) shows a Rafale warplane preparing for take off at the Saint-Dizier aerial military base in eastern France late on April 13, 2018. The United States, France and Britain carried out a wave of punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime in the early hours of April 14, 2018 in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks.

By Dr. Talal Al-Harbi
Striking Syria Doesn't Make Us Happy

Finally, the United States, backed by France
and Britain, carried out its threats to strike positions of the Syrian regime
at dawn on Saturday in response to its use of chemical weapons against
civilians in the eastern Ghouta.

100 missiles launched from warships and
warplanes, came after exhausting all diplomatic attempts to deter this
murderous regime from genocide, displacement and practice of sectarian
cleansing with the support of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

The military and political consequences of this
attack have yet to be seen, but it is unlikely that this regime will be
deterred because a year ago, at dawn on April 7, 2017, the United States
targeted the Syrian Shu'airat military airfield using 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
The attack came in response to the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhan on April 4,
2017, which killed 100 people and wounded 450 others.
However, the regime persisted in its crimes against the Syrian civilians.

Reactions in Western countries and the NATO alliance
came in favor of the air strike, while condemnations were issued by Russia and
rhetoric threats from Iran and Hezbollah, the same threats that were issued by
these parties after the first air strike a year ago and were not translated
against the United States but carried out against civilians and won the Syrian
regime more gains on the ground against the armed opposition.

It is clear that the United States and its
allies were keen to avoid any clash with Russia, which maintains two air bases
in Hmaimees and Tarsus. It is also clear that the Russian president, who
celebrated the fourth presidential term which will keep him in power until
2024, is not ready for a military confrontation with the West for the sake of
defending Bashar Assad , and Russia has achieved a strategic goal of
establishing fixed military bases in Syria to serve long-term economic projects.

But this attack revealed the fact that Syria
has become a no-man land for many foreign forces. Bashar Assad, who was shown
by Syrian television carrying a handbag to carry out his daily tasks - which we
do not know - looked humiliated and defeated because he became a puppet in the
hands of his allies who tempt him to do more slaughtering against the Syrian
Arab people.

Certainly, we are not happy to see this Arab
country exposed to all this destruction for seven years by the regime itself
and by armed militias supporting him because of Assad's insistence on clinging
to power and participating against his will in the sectarian project to divide
Syria.

And the recent attack should not make us
optimistic about seeing a near end to the Syrian crisis because the actors have
nothing to lose because they are fighting outside their land.

Nor should we overlook the fact that the
Western countries are not interested in overthrowing the Assad regime,
otherwise they would have provided the opposition with qualitative weapons that
would have forced the regime to negotiate a peaceful solution at the very least.

That is why this attack came for a single goal,
as announced by the three attacking countries, to persuade the regime to stop
using chemical weapons, as if half a million people who were killed and 10
million others who were displaced have no human value to the West.

The irony is that Western countries have recently
taken swift action against Russia, expelled hundreds of diplomats and closed
consulates after accusing Russia of poisoning a Russian double agent and his daughter
in Britain.

























It is a game of nations, interests and behind
the curtain deals, and the Arab people and land are the victims.

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