What You Need To Know About The Escalating War In Syria

The United States has decided to go to war with Syria… except that it wasn’t a decision approved by Congress, and the U.S. has already been waging an illegal war with Syria for the last several years. Why isn’t every member of Congress calling Trump out on this?

Unless another county directly attacks the United States, the president has no constitutional authority to order an attack on that country unless he has approval from Congress. In this case, the Trump administration is justifying airstrikes against the Syrian government by claiming that Assad is responsible for an alleged chemical attack, even though the reports have yet to be verified, and have been disputed by a number of sources.

But even though the U.S. is operating under the belief that because it was reported that Syrian killed Syrians, we should kill Syrians to stop Syrians from killing Syrians…  there is still no legal justification.

It’s not just Trump… the Obama Administration also carried out thousands of illegal airstrikes in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Pakistan, and yet no one has been held accountable.

The problem is that when the U.S. government attacks another country, they work hand-in-hand with the mainstream to convince you that the attack is justified. Whether it is to stop an evil dictator from slaughtering his own people, to stop a radical group from gaining too much power—even though we gave them power in the first place, or to keep another country from first attacking us.

Yet Israel is openly killing protesters and journalists in Gaza, and Saudi Arabia is committing genocide in Yemen, and we’re not invading their countries, trying to overthrow their governments, or insisting that their people need freedom and democracy.

Trump may claim that the goal is to stop a humanitarian crisis in Syria, but the truth is that as is typically the case with U.S. conquests in the Middle East, the United States has killed more civilians, destroyed more cities and created more of a humanitarian crisis than the “evil dictator” they were so intent on overthrowing in the first place.

No matter who is the president or which party is in power, the military industrial complex is the driving force for U.S. foreign policy, and it will always act in favor of money, power, and domination, no matter the cost—and that is something everyone should be talking about.

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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