Airfield in Syria bombed, World War Three started


Missiles launched at an airfield in Syria took dozens of lives.

Will Sieracki, Reporter

     Donald Trump, the man who won the right to one of the most powerful political positions in the world, has possibly made his worst decision yet as President of the United States. President Trump, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the decision to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase. Syria has had a civil war going on for the last six years, and it has torn the country apart. The missile launch is the first direct action taken against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and it represents more U.S. military involvement in the region than has ever been seen before. The strike is, simply put, an act of war, and it shows that President Trump had no intent of maintaining his “America First” policy. Russia called the missile strike an “act of aggression,” and Assad’s office called it “disgraceful” and “short-sighted.”
     An aggressive, warhawk-like decision was made that no doubt pleased many on both sides of the political spectrum. And prior to the story breaking about the missile strike, I didn’t think President Trump was a warhawk. In fact, one of his main criticisms against his opponent Hillary Clinton during the most recent election cycle was that she was a warhawk. But after the strike, I think the President is a blatant hypocrite for criticizing someone for doing and supporting the same thing that he’s currently doing. The strike killed six people, and the chemical attack, which was the reason for the United States launching the missiles, killed dozens of people. While it was undoubtedly a horrible thing that happened, it wasn’t good enough of a reason to attack. The total amount of casualties in the Syrian chemical attack was around 70, and as awful as this may sound, 70 people isn’t a huge amount in the grand scheme of things. Trump’s “America First” slogan meant that America’s needs and problems would be addressed before the needs and problems of foreign countries. A missile strike on a foreign country is not being “America First.” There are people that say the strike wasn’t an act of war because soldiers were never deployed on the ground. And for those that say the missile strike wasn’t an act of war, by that logic, Pearl Harbor wasn’t an act of war because it was only a strike and there weren’t ever boots on the ground. The strike was the worst decision the Trump administration has made yet, and it just might have started World War 3.