By: Aedan Sara O’Connor
Bashar El-Assad has yet again used chemical weapons against his people. This was not the first time Syria’s tyrannical president has done this. In 2013 Assad was emboldened when Obama declared that he would attack the regime if Assad used chemical weapons and then failed to act when Assad used chemical weapons. Instead he negotiated with him and made “progress” in getting Assad to remove some of his chemical weapons. Clearly it was not enough but that is what happens when you negotiate with tyrannical, terror supporters.
In 2017 Assad again used chemical weapons but thankfully was met with 50 Tomahawk missiles launched at the command of President Donald Trump. This move pleased conservatives, including myself, but drew the ire of many isolationist Republicans. This year Assad again used chemical weapons on his people and again we struck Syria. I was pleased with it but feel that we should do more. I fear that we are entering a cycle where every year or so they will gas their own people and we will respond by bombing their facilities. We ought to have a more permanent solution.
Trump had warned Russia prior to striking. While one can argue failing to warn them would escalate tensions between the United States and Russia, warning them undercuts the notion that the United States wants to curb Iranian and Russian imperialism in the region. It is no secret that Assad is propped up by Iran, which in turn is funded by Russia.
In the past few years the United States has helped to obliterate ISIS in Syria and Iraq, which was unequivocally moral but with ISIS gone Assad’s evil regime is the strongest force in the country. Regime change would be expensive and if done improperly, would open a void to be filled by another Assad or ISIS type but Assad cannot remain unchecked. If this happened Iran and Russia will be strengthened and could threaten regional allies, possibly with the chemical weapons they now use. We also cannot allow the utilization of chemical weapons to be normalized.
Under Obama we did not have a proper plan to deal with Syria and as a result Assad was strengthened. While we have taken decisive action under Trump it appears we do not currently have a long term strategy. Hopefully Trump, Ambassador Bolton and (if he is confirmed as Secretary of State) Pompeo will develop a strategy that is humane and focuses on keeping Assad in check, and if need be, to end the Assad regime.
Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.