Posted by John Rees, Stop the War · April 08, 2017 3:35 PM
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Donald Trump's cruise missile attack certainly hit its intended target: his domestic critics. Syrians are paying, and will continue to pay, the price.
After years of 140 character warnings against involvement in Syria, Trump's latest in a series of screeching U-turns needs some explanation. The decision marks another abandonment of the insurgent Trump persona and his rapid alignment with the US foreign policy establishment.
US policy in Syria always favoured regime change in Syria. But in the post Iraq miasma it could not action this plan with a full sale 'shock and awe' military operation. The absolutely justified desire of the Syrian people to get rid of the Assad regime in 2011 gave the US and its Turkish and Gulf allies the possibility of suborning the opposition and achieving regime change by other means.
Sadly, the Free Syrian Army was willing to play this role. From its early picture opportunities alongside Hillary Clinton through to its operations against the Kurds as part of the recent Turkish offensive, and its current demand that Trump increase the bombing of Syria, its has always looked to the US for salvation. Frequent disappointment has never led to any reassessment of this policy by the FSA.