US, France and Britain launch response to ‘evil and despicable’ attack

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Daily Mail UK: U.S. President Donald Trump announced ‘precision strikes’ on Syria in a Friday evening address

  • Strikes are in retaliation for a poison gas attack that killed up to 75 people people on April 7
  • Trump said combined operation with France and UK will continue until Assad stops using chemical weapons
  • Warned Russia and Iran about their association with Assad, saying they’ll ‘be judged by the friends they keep’
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May described the coalition air assault as a ‘limited and targeted’
  • French President Emmanuel Macron said the ‘red line’ set by France in May of 2017 ‘had been crossed’
  • Shortly after the attack, the Syrian presidency posted on Twitter: ‘Honorable souls cannot be humiliated’
  • Syrian state-run TV said three civilians have been wounded on the attack on a military base in Homs

Opinion: While it is too early for a complete assessment and potential repercussions, here is what we know so far from multiple sources:

  • The attack began around 9 pm ET on Friday, April 13
  • The US was joined by UK and France
  • The attack consisted of 3 waves of strikes and are now complete
  • Russia was not pre-notified about the attacks
  • Double the number of weapons was used compared to last year’s Syria strike, when 59 Tomahawk missiles were launched
  • Targets were air bases and chemical weapon production facilities in Damascus and Homs
  • Regime and Russia condemn what they call a ‘flagrant violation’, but have not retaliated so far

President Trump explained that the airstrikes were designed to discourage further production and use of chemical weapons.

“Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States,” he stated. “The combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power — military, economic and diplomatic. We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”

Russia responds. “Here is the full statement posted by Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anataoly Antonov: “The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard. A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris. Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible.

The U.S. – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.”

US Troops in Syria: 

Right now, there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, working as advisers to the Syrian Defense Forces or providing other support to local militias battling the Islamic State.

Pray for the safety of US forces and all parties involved in Syria as the prophetic scenario found in Isaiah 17:1,14 comes into view.

(see video of the Russian response in Today’s Headlines (here)

(for more on Isaiah 17 see Bible Prophecy 101 chapter 6 here)

12 COMMENTS

  1. It’s times likes these this pops into my head when wondering if the strike was warranted and what the outcome will be:

    https://youtu.be/HoMLl9WYqgY

    Does any of this makes sense to you? Imagine you’re Assad and you have just about won the war. Are you going to use chemical weapons when you know for a fact it will bring world condemnation along with cruise missiles? What this all feels like to me is one big geopolitical rope-a-dope and we’re George Foreman.

  2. While prophecy states that Damascus will become rubble, I cannot say that this particular attack on civilians was what was stated in Isaiah 17, because in that prophecy it gives the reader the impression that Damascus will be completely wiped out so that nothing stands. That is clearly not the case here.

    From all that I have seen and read, this was just another completely evil and disgusting act of slaughter performed by the US president and military. Was it justified? No. Was it effective for what the US claims it was meant for? No. Should the US expect massive and deadly retaliation that will dwarf 9-11? Most likely.

    This was not prophetic. This was just a low-life act of aggression. The US military, once again, slaughtering unarmed, unsuspecting civilians, all the while claiming they meant to attack military targets. It was clearly all lies.

    • Let me be clear. Prophecy must be fulfilled perfectly, therefore, this was not the fulfillment of Isaiah 17.
      My expression ‘in view’ meant a possibility if further escalation were to happen. While I do not agree with each point of your analysis, I do appreciate your response and hope others will join in.

      • While I do agree that something has to be done as far as the chemical attacks on the Syrian public, it is not a good idea to do order such an attack. If a child hits his sister, and then the mother, in attempts to scold the brother, hits the sister as well, that becomes a very unfair and stupid response.

        My point is that the Syrian public have been hit with chemical weapons. America steps in to allegedly attempt to scold the Syrian government for performing such an act. In so doing, they attack the ones they claim they are standing up for. It all seems more like a Three Stooges shtick rather than global leadership.

        I have read many takes on what really happened. I know that terrorist attacks were performed on the Syrian civilians. All the while, the US government/military has claimed they were attacking Russian posts in Syria. Most American missiles hit obvious civilian areas. I have read many Americans claiming it was not even US military strikes. That it was really Russians, or it was the Syrian military, or it was ISIS. If that is true then why did Trump say, “Mission accomplished” after the civilian areas were heavily attacked?

  3. Why does no one listen to Israel when they are right there and they have the best intelligence and surveillance technology in the world? They have thwarted many terrorist attacks around the world for many countries – many of whom vote against them in the UN and who stand against them in other ways. Amir Tsarfati is a Jewish Christian with the website Behold Israel. He was in the military and his son is now. He gives many prophecy updates on current events. According to him, the Israeli military determined this attack, as well as all the previous chemical attacks, were by Assad. I don’t agree with Amir on every issue, but he does have credibility when it comes to military information. If anyone has any information otherwise about him, please let me know. As far as the Russians go, as they say, “Do the Russians lie? Only when their lips are moving.”

    As far as Trump goes, I do believe he was elected for such a time as this. He has so much coming against him and he’s flawed and fallible, so he isn’t going to always make the right decisions all the time. He’s going to compromise, at times. But all the forces of evil seem to be fighting against him. I pray for him and his family. A lot. It’s only going to get worse. Until it gets better. :o) Maranatha!

  4. Bravo ShelleyB!!

    First, I’ll argue for the intelligence not necessarily for the action. As a former intelligence specialist with the “Agency” in the 70s (Russia and the Middle-East), I can tell you without reservation that the intelligence acquisition and its collateral backup was spot on!! We really could read license plates at 114 miles up using KH satellite imagery back then. Today we have real time intell acquistion and high tech on the ground surveillance. The problem is not “getting enough” intell, it’s getting too much and having to sift through all the data.

    Second, to claim that civilian targets were hit indiscriminately is false. No one has better “smart” ordnance than the US and Israel. Our SAMs, ICBMs, MOBs, and MERVs are “bar none!” I know this from classified experience and from a life long friend (now passed) who was a retired army colonel who worked for a super secret facility east of CO Spgs after his military career. This facility was “Cheyenne Mt” before it recently returned back to Cheyenne Mt. We had many “general” discussions wherein I learned as much from him on a general unclassified level as I did from a Top Secret level 40 years ago.

    We use GPS today in a variety of ways one of which is civil engineering. A project can be designed within 1/100 of a foot – 1/8 of an inch using GPS. This is how accurate our missiles can be using NAV 84. GPS which has been seriously upgraded in the last decade. If we hit civilian targets, it was deliberate and I don’t believe that!

    • I’m trying to figure out a way of asking my question without being disrespectful to your past and current colleagues. How do we know this is not, in some respect, another Gulf of Tonkin?

      CIA analysts do tremendous work but sometimes their product gets manipulated by politicians. Remember Benghazi? Brennan, Rice, and Hillary made an origami beast with the intelligence reports.

      So for those of us skeptical of who launched a chemical attack, how do we know this is not an echo of the Gulf of Tonkin episode? And please know my question does not relate at all to any alleged civilian targeting.

      From the U.S. Naval Institue:
      https://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2008-02/truth-about-tonkin
      McNamara phoned Sharp at 1608 Washington time to talk it over and asked, “Was there a possibility that there had been no attack?” Sharp admitted that there was a “slight possibility” because of freak radar echoes, inexperienced sonarmen, and no visual sightings of torpedo wakes. The admiral added that he was trying to get information and recommended holding any order for a retaliatory strike against North Vietnam until “we have a definite indication of what happened.”

      Supporting documentation from the NSA, which has been declassified:
      https://www.nsa.gov/news-features/declassified-documents/gulf-of-tonkin/

  5. Wow. Thanks for the info. It’s good having someone with your expertise is on this site. “If we hit civilian targets, it was deliberate and I don’t believe that!” Agreed. It is the the Muslim armies and powers of darkness that use women and children, schools and hospitals for cover. Sad, but true.

  6. VS: No problem in elucidating! The Gulf of Tonkin (GoT) did have its shroud of mystery. First, In 64, KH imagery was in its infancy as a satellite platform and real time coverage was non existent. It took 3 to 5 days to recover, develop, and disseminate the photo imagery to multi agency analysts and get their analysis back to DC and CINCPAC, and then to MACV (Viet Nam). Most of the “hard” intell (sight/sound and eye witness/collateral ground photography) was scant with the GoT incident. Limited aerial coverage due to bad weather with limited over flights (air plane) and questionable eye witness and electronic reports made “certain” verification at best “probable” which could have even been argued as only “possible.” GoT was not an announced pre-planned event with a vast array of intell assets streaming forth info to those concerned days before a strike. Also note that LBJ, McNamara, the Bundy brothers, Geo Ball; and generals Wheeler, Taylor, and Johnson were collectively pushing a Viet Nam pro war agenda. In the early years of Viet Nam, McNamara and his “whiz kids” thought they could do a better job than the JCS in managing a “limited” war from DC instead of from the actual battle front. So a lack of an intell “certain” was replaced with an intell “possible” as the means of justified engagement. Most important! This limited intell was kept within a limited number of personal until years later.

    Fast forward 50+ years. Today we have real time satellite coverage, particularly, over those areas in which we have a vested interest – the Mid East being such an area. In addition, there is a variety of ground surveillance means that were not available in 64 – cctv, cell phone style technology, mobile devices, distance audio devices, and skilled operatives. None is better than Mossad. The proliferation of high tech devises, particularly, the cell phone would make a major event like a gas attack almost impossible to hide and distort as with the GoT incident.

    This does not mean that those in high places would not try to muddy the situation to further an agenda. But it would be much more difficult considering all the potential “eyes” that are now available. Even with Benghazi the initial reports by Clinton and Rice obscured the truth until multiplicitous “eyes” revealed otherwise. My point is that these earth shattering public events are much harder to hide than 50 years ago e.g. cops abusing blacks in the south vs. today with “eyes” being everywhere. One would be astonished at the variety of electronic “spy” devices that utilize the complete wave band now in use.

    My personal thought is what was the rush? A couple of extra days to further verify the certainty of an Assad gas attack would not have changed any outcome. And with added verification by other govts and ngos, our position would have been so much stronger. But again, we have a Pres that seemingly “tweets” his thoughts and plans before consulting his advisors.

  7. Folks, one last comment. Check out Amir Tsarfati’s April 16 “Behold Israel” prophecy message. It is really eye opening – what did and did not happen. Pin point accuracy at “shallow” targets and the reason why!

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