This past week saw the world become a more divided and dangerous place. As the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people killing innocent men, women, and children civilians, the United States launched an over 55 missiles-strong assault on the airbase from where the chemical attack began.
The world has since aligned into two sharply divided camps under pro- and anti-Assad forces. Unsurprisingly, the usual suspects of Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Bolivia are against the U.S., while Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the European allies, Israel, Canada, Japan, and the Middle Eastern Gulf states are with the U.S. on the issue.
Meanwhile, the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group towards the Korean Peninsula in an effort to reign in the rogue state of North Korea. The North Koreans are preparing for and calling it a provocation of war as Japan and South Korea stand shoulder to shoulder with the U.S. on the issue.
China has pledged to work out a hundred day plan with the United States at the President Trump and Xi summit. This is to address the trade imbalance issue which puts the U.S. continuously at a disadvantage financially in the relationship.
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World Divides Into Two Camps Over Syria
It did not take long for the U.S. multiple missile strike on the northern Syrian air base to galvanize world opinion onto one side or the other. Within days, Great Britain, Israel, Germany, the European allies, Canada, and others had thrown their collective weights behind President Trump’s forceful response to the illegal chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians in the north of Syria.
At the Group of Seven wealthiest nations meeting of foreign ministers, the United States held an urgent meeting with the United Kingdom, it’s European and Canadian allies, and the Arab Gulf States. They came out of this meeting with a unified front against the continued Russian backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Meanwhile the statements coming from the “joint command operation center of Syrian allies,” which includes Russia and Iran, were ominously threatening against the United States and its allies. The statement warned the United States against any additional military steps it might take versus President Assad of Syria. Military retaliation will follow from Russia, Iran, Syria, and its other Axis of Evil allies should there be any continued aggression:
“The United States crossed red lines by attacking Syria, from now on we will respond to anyone, including America if it attacks Syria and crosses the red lines. America knows very well our ability and capabilities to respond well to them, [and] we will respond without taking into consideration any reaction and consequences.”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is leaving the G7 Meeting with the mantle of spokesman for not only the United States, but also its European and Gulf Arab allies as he goes to Moscow later today. His visit represents the first such in-person meeting between the U.S. administration and Russian officials in the country since President Trump was inaugurated in January.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has continued to label the U.S. unilateral assault on the Syrian airbase as “an aggression against a sovereign state.” The Russian excuse for the attack was to blame it on terrorists who supposedly held the chemical weapons in a depot which the Syrian jets hit in a passing air raid, Moscow claims.
The stakes are high, as Europe and the United States are preparing still more sanctions against Russia related to its ongoing military support of the Assad regime. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office released a statement on the upcoming meeting between Tillerson and his Russian counterparts:
“The prime minister and the president agreed that a window of opportunity now exists in which to persuade Russia that its alliance with Assad is no longer in its strategic interest.”
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel similarly weighed in on the issue in her own phone call with President Trump where she:
“Expressed support for the action of the United States and agreed with President Trump on the importance of holding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable.”
The United States maintains that its priorities for Syria are two-fold. It must first destroy the Islamic State, better known as ISIS. Their capital Raqqa in Syria is still firmly in the hands of the brutal and bloodthirsty terrorists. Next the allies will concentrate their efforts on a political solution to stop the civil war in Syria. This is the point where the U.S. hopes to oust Bashar al-Assad.
As US Aircraft Carrier Strike Group Speeds Towards the Korean Peninsula, North Korea Prepares for War
Saturday night, the U.S. Pentagon revealed that one of its Navy Aircraft carrier strike groups, the USS Carl Vinson, was steaming towards North Korea in an effort to boost the American military might near North Korea. The North Koreans are justifiably nervous that the strike group may be positioning for some sort of missile attack on the country like the Syrian regime just experienced.
The North Koreans are not taking the intimidation in stride. They have promised “tough counteraction” in response to any military strikes which might occur after the United States moves the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier battle group into the Korean Peninsular waters.
Tensions on the split peninsula are the highest they have been in decades between the several recent launches of ballistic missiles of the North and the American-South Korean joint war games which have begun in earnest. North Korea calls this particular yearly exercise a “dress rehearsal for invasion” as the Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Korean Central News Agency late yesterday:
“We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.”
American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson responded by saying that the recent United States’ missile attacks on the Syrian air base bear a message for any country which does not live within the internationally accepted boundaries:
“If you violate international agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken.”
Those are fighting words from an administration we now know is prepared to back them up with more than simply talk.
China-U.S. Summit Produces Amicable Agreement
In advance of the much-anticipated U.S.-China Summit this past end of week, Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang provided a number of statistical arguments to make the case that China has helped the U.S. economy whatever their trade surplus the country enjoys with the United States may be:
China’s trade surplus with the U.S. “does not necessarily mean China benefits while the United States loses. About 40 percent of the trade surplus is actually generated by U.S. companies in China.”
Besides this, China has been busy repeating another collection of its favorite Sino-American statistics lately. Their bilateral investment and trade led to 2.6 million American jobs for 2015. Every American household realizes $850 in savings each year wholly because of China’s cheaply priced goods.
The summit between U.S. President Trump and Chinese President Xi gave the Chinese leader an opportunity to appease the American side. The two agreed on a 100 day plan to fix the trade imbalance by allowing the U.S. to be more involved in the China financial sector and markets and to export American beef to China. Time will tell if the results of this are enough to satisfy the campaign promises of the new administration.
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