President Donald Trump’s Speech following the U.S. missile strike on Syria
August 6, 2017
“My fellow Americans: On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.
Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council.
Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed, and failed very dramatically. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies.
Tonight, I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types. We ask for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed. And we hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will, in the end, prevail.
Goodnight. And God bless America and the entire world. Thank you.”
April 6, 2017: The United States attacked Syrian soil; about 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean at Syrian Shayrat airbase. After dozens more died by nerve gas attacks from Russian helicopters flown by Syrian regime pilots; Trump ordered strikes. And today called on ‘all civilized nations’ to help end the Syrian conflict. Syrian state-ran TV called it ‘American aggression;’ well they have not seen nothing yet. Again US Sec. of State Rex Tillerson said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad should have no role in a future Syria. April 5th, US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN Council that “when the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action…”
April 7, 2017: An Arab Newspaper: