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On 15th April 2018, United States, together with France and the U.K., is said to have carried out precision air strikes against targets in Syria following a suspected nerve gas attack on the Syrian town of Douma last Saturday. The explosions of so called precision attacks were heard in Damascus, Aleppo and Homs early Saturday. The Russian Defense Ministry says more than 100 missiles were fired at Syrian targets. “A considerable part” of the missiles were shot down by the Syrian air defense system, the Russian ministry added.

“The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No state can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators.” Mrs. May said on Saturday morning following the Syrian attack. According to her the United Kingdom was “confident” that the strikes had succeeded in degrading Assad’s chemical weapons stockpile and in deterring future use. Allies further added that strikes were not about “intervening in a civil war” or “regime change” but to ensure chemical weapons were not used again. According to them the whole exercise was about a limited and targeted strike that would not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties and while this action was supposed to specifically deter the Syrian Regime, it was also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity.

The western allies once again gave very noble purpose for meddling with international law i.e. protecting global peace but the most ironic loophole is this protection protocol was once again lack of evidence or proper investigation. This is certainly not the first time that any such incident has happened rather in middle East it has more of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for western players to send message to any regime who refuses to follow their (western) set standards. From Iraq to Libya the very idea or the excuse of “chemical weapons being used against civilians by their despotic leaders” were given by western powerful players before intervention in these states.

Syria has been the latest example in this SOP of international meddling. Had Russia not been supporting Syrian regime the world may would have been dealing with another Libya like scenario. Then again why would western allies care about turning Syrian condition similar to that of Libya, all they did was air strikes in Libya and removed despotic Gadafi, they (western powers) didn’t have to take the blame or fix the ever since worsening situation in Libyan territory. The territory which was once ruled by despotic Gaddafi is now in under turf war between three different groups. Six years after the fall of Muammar Gadhafi, Libya remains in a chaotic state. The United Nations-backed government struggles to exert control over territory held by rival factions, intensifying geographical and political divisions between the East, West, and South. Terrorist groups and armed militias exploit the turmoil, using the nation as a base for radicalization and organized crime, and pose a threat to the region and beyond. Did anyone (western powers or international forums) learn anything from their Iraqi and Libiyan fiasco? The answer in form of Syrian bombing seems to be a clear NO.  American officials and their European allies were careful to characterize the attack as a one-off strike designed to deter Bashar ul Assad from using chemical weapons again. America’s defense secretary, Jim Mattis, who urged caution in the lead-up to the attack, said: “We were not out to expand this; we were very precise and proportionate.” No more attacks are planned, said Mattis, unless Assad uses chemical weapons again. But did anybody think they had to justify themselves at any international forum for using their SOP in Syrian case as well? Were they afraid of being accountable? The answer once again seems to be a clear straight NO. They felt themselves above all such answer when they targeted Gaddafi regime and still they think same targeting Assad. No matter how despotic the leader of any state one clear lesson that the world powers and forum should have learned by now is that the government is to be changed by the population living in that territory. If any other method is adopted for the purpose of installation of a new government all it does is to lead to chaos.

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