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Jonathan S. Tobin
Better than Obama is not good enough
Allied airstrikes on Syria were praiseworthy. But the mission left unaccomplished is the Iranian threat, backed by Russia, which the Trump administration is ignoring.
From JNS's Military Correspondent
Analysis: Minimal strike on Assad shows extent of Russian deterrence
While the purpose was to target Syria’s chemical-weapons capabilities, in actuality, the strikes are more of an indication of Russia’s successful ability to cause Western powers to limit their action.
Alleged Syrian chemical-weapons attack kills as many as 150, wounds 1,000
A video shows the lifeless bodies of about a dozen men, women and children, some foaming at the mouth. According to the Syrian American Medical Society, Douma hospital was targeted with a chlorine bomb, as well as a second attack of “mixed agents,” including nerve gas.
Israel’s foreign ministry warns that Syrian chemical weapons may spill into Israel
A classified cable sent to Israeli ambassadors warned, “It must be made clear that such an incident would require Israel to respond in the strongest possible terms.”