[Marxism] Douma gas attack: What is Trump likely to do?

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 23:18:07 MDT 2018


"As Trump prepares what is a likely attack on Assad’s airfields, socialists
should start by looking at the underlying issues.

First: Was there really a poison gas attack on Douma on Saturday, March 7,
and if so, was Assad the perpetrator?

The evidence is overwhelming. Look, for example, at these photos take by
people on the ground:


*Assad says it’s a “hoax”*On the day after the attack, Assad said
<https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/08/middleeast/syria-chemical-attack-douma-intl/index.html>
 that such claims were a “hoax”, fabricated by the rebels who controlled
Douma. In other words, that it never happened, or else that the rebels
themselves were the perpetrators. Putin backed up this claim.

Report after report, photo and video after photo and video document that
this chemical attack did, in fact, happen. Bellingcat.com
<https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/>,
for
example, has put together a number of such videos....


*What will Trump do?*What is the likely reaction of Trump? He has to
pretend he’s a humanitarian, and he already carried out one half-hearted
raid – the one in response to the Khan Sheikhoun sarin attack. In that
case, he let Assad know what he planned, through Assad’s main puppeteer:
Putin. The result was… nearly nothing. Within 24 hours the airfield Trump
bombed was back up and running. (Not that socialists should demand he do
more; but let’s face facts.)

So, this time he’s likely to do a little more. Maybe attack a few of
Assad’s airfields. But Assad has already moved his fighter jets to Russian
airfields, which will not be attacked. One thing is almost sure: Trump will
not do anything to seriously cripple the Assad regime. After all, Trump has
said again and again that the main enemy in Syria is the Islamic State and
that “we” should be supporting Assad. And it’s most likely that, given the
all-out attack on the real rebels, that the Islamic state that would
benefit militarily if the Assad regime were weakened...."

read entire article here:
https://oaklandsocialist.com/2018/04/13/douma-gas-attack-what-is-trump-likely-to-do/

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willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine
sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us
thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?” *Sophie Scholl,
executed by the Nazis 2/22/1943. She was 21 years old.
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