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Trump Was Right To Have Ordered Syria Strike

I had yet to read a headline about President Donald Trump's recent actions that didn't make me boil over with anger.

But, as hard as it is to admit, Trump's reaction to Syria's chemical attack made complete sense.

Trump's campaign was pretty adamant that actions speak louder than words. All the while, I wasn't so supportive of his actions, such as cutting large portions of funding for the NIH and completely revoking former President Barack Obama's climate change policies.

But whenever I read about the Civil War in Syria, I feel guilty as a privileged American standing idly by while millions are killed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's murderous rampage on innocent civilians.

On April 4, for the first time since 2013, chemical weapons were used by Assad's regime in the Idlib province, Reuters reported.

At least 70 people have been reported dead as a result of inhaling sarin gas, a nerving agent that was previously used by the regime in attacks.

It was truly surprising to learn that Trump didn't take to Twitter to fight the battle, but rather went to the meeting rooms and discussed proceedings with military experts for three days.

National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford sat at the decision-making table and, for the first time, it seems, Trump was willing to listen to those who know more than he does.

Like his predecessor, Trump sought out air strikes rather than putting troops on the ground in Syria.

Over 50 tomahawk missiles were fired from different U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea and were directed toward aircraft as well as fuel stations of the Shayrat air base. The Pentagon reported that this is where the chemical weapons were stored.

This one-time action was supported by a large number of U.S. allies across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Similarly, it was supported by members of both American political parties, who also demanded that before any other action is taken, a strategic plan for further dealing with the crisis must include the approval of Congress.

America's history is not glowing when it comes to responding to the genocide of a people.

In the early 1930s, the Nazi party began rallying up Jews in Europe and throwing them into work camps and death camps, resulting in some 6 million deaths. In addition, 5 million other victims that Adolf Hitler deemed unfit to live were sent to their deaths.

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, it wasn't until 1944 that former President Franklin D. Roosevelt lessened the obstacles for Jewish immigrants to enter America for refuge.

That was far too late, and to this day, the American government suffers the backlash.

According World Vision, there are 11 million Syrian refugees that are seeking sanctuary from Assad's brutal regime and the spread of the Islamic State in the country.

Unlike past presidents, by responding to the chemical attack Trump helped support those who cannot fight for themselves.

Alaa al-Zir, a 29-year-old Syrian, was among countless that were relieved by the American response.

"We hope there will be more strikes -- and other action -- to follow ... so the revolutionaries can advance further and these massacres against civilians can stop," al-Zir said.

Trump's actions are conducive to stopping this cyclic pattern. 

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Sources: Reuters (23), United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, World Vision / Photo credit: World Vision

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