US resident Donald Trump ordered a strike on Syria overnight in an apparent response to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s chemical attack on the people of Khan Sheikhoum, Idlib, which has killed nearly 100 civilians, the vast majority children.
Trump’s strike has caused uproar online with social media users airing their rejection of his unilateral action and remember his constant messages to the Obama administration urging them not to strike in Syria and to concentrate on “making America great”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2013
Bruno John highlighted Trump’s accusation that Obama would only strike Syria because polls showed support for him was waning, last night’s strike comes days after opinion polls showed that voters had turns their backs on the new US presidents only months into his terms.
— Bruno John (@BrunoJohn117) April 7, 2017
Others highlighted the hypocrisy of his decision both because of his notion that more violence can end the war and in view of the fact that he has placed a ban on Syrian refugees entering the US for safety.
@POTUS You bombed Syria to show Syria they shouldn't bomb Syria
— abdi (@alldayabdi) April 7, 2017
So @POTUS cares enough about the Syrian people to launch 50 Tomahawks but not enough to let the victims of Assad find refuge & freedom here.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) April 7, 2017
Antje questioned whether Trump’s actions were a show of strength in light of his inability to pass the ‘Muslim ban’ bill which has been shot down again and again by federal courts throughout the country.
So, the only thing POTUS can do unopposed at this point is bomb other countries? That's gotta end well.
— Antje (@amiasmatics) April 7, 2017
For most the question of whether or not to support the strikes depended entirely on what the US plan was in the long-term, if in fact there is one.
Does have any strategy beyond lobbing missiles into #Syria? This should be criteria to decide whether to support or not? Where is this going
— Chris Doyle (@Doylech) April 7, 2017
Because in the eyes of many, World War III has just begun.
Son: How did WWIII start?
Dad: Well son, the US bombed Syria to tell Syria not to bomb #Syria
— WK (@weakang) April 7, 2017