American President Donald Trump has announced this morning that the United States will be launching a missile strike on Syria.
Speaking from the White House in a nationally televised address, Trump announced that the precision strike were ordered as a retaliation for the apparent April 7 chemical attack on the western Syrian town of Douma, in which dozens of civilians were killed.
This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime. The evil and despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead.
The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons. Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United State. The combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power — military, economic, and diplomatic.