Trump’s Hypocrisy: Bomb Syria But Hate On Syrian Refugees

Horrifying photos of Syrian children killed and injured in an attack using chemical weapons apparently moved Donald Trump to launch a retaliatory strike against the Syrian government on April 6. On Trump’s orders, U.S. warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat airbase in western Syria, where the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks were allegedly based.

Trump spoke after the U.S. missiles were launched and blasted Syrian President Bashar Assad for choking “the lives of helpless men, women and children.”

“Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,” Trump said. “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”

“The refugee crisis continues to deepen, and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the U.S. and its allies,” he added.

If Trump cares so much about the refugee crisis, why has he issued two executive orders specifically targeting Syrian refugees? His first order declared that the U.S. would not issue new visas to travelers from certain countries for 90 days, but placed an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria. The second executive order, issued after the first one was blocked by a court, declared Syrian refugees could enter the U.S. only after 120 days.

Meanwhile, the civilian death toll in Syria has risen to over 200,000, and more than 5 million Syrians are homeless and on the run from the civil war that has been raging in their country for six long years.

Yet Trump’s hostility to the Syrian people is palpable.

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Aylan Kurdi  |  Photo Credit: Ur Cameras

As for responding to images, there have been numerous photos of dead and injured Syrian children well before this chemical attack that killed 70 people and injured hundreds more. What about the photo of young Aylan Kurdi lying face down on a beach and Omran Daqneesh, covered in dust and blood after being pulled out of the rubble following an airstrike?

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Omran Daqneesh | Photo Credit: Screenshot from YouTube video

Rather than being moved, as he supposedly was this week, Trump has taken every possible measure to ban Syrian refugee children from entering the U.S. in search of safety.

Responding To Trumps Missiles

Responses to the attack have been mixed. Many members of the U.S. Congress have approved, with the cautionary note that any escalation of military involvement in Syria must come only after consulting with Congress.

Writing in The Guardian, Richard Wolffe states that Trump has jumped into a quagmire with his eyes shut.

“It may be hard to believe, but Donald Trump is even more simplistic than George W. Bush in matters of war. George W. Bush enjoyed all the certainty of a very simple man: you were either with us or against us, good or evil, marching for democracy or plotting terrorist attacks.

Yet Donald Trump contrives to make Bush look like a Baron von Metternich of complexity. He just launched military strikes against a brutal Syrian regime he used to describe as “NOT our problem.” That’s the same Syrian regime propped up by his own Russian friends.”

Worse than Trump’s simplistic thinking is his horrific disregard for the lives of the Syrian people.

“Trump will go to war in the names of ‘helpless’ Syrian children but refuses to open our borders to save them,” New York CIty-based author Reshma Saujani tweeted. “Mansplain that please?”

So will Trump change his policy, now that there has been another chemical gas attack and he felt compelled to act?

If you agree that this must happen, please sign our Care2 petition, demanding that Trump stop his war on refugees and instead welcome more refugees to the United States of America.

 

Photo Credit: Screenshot from CNN online video

252 comments

Carl R
Carl R3 months ago

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Roberto M
Roberto MARINI3 months ago

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Leo C
Leo C4 months ago

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Janis K
Janis K4 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Margie F
Margie F4 months ago

The bomb dropped today, was made in 2002. If it was not meant to be used, why wasnt it destroyed?

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Leo C
Leo C4 months ago

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Carole R
Carole R4 months ago

Such a sad situation.

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Carl R
Carl R4 months ago

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Leo C
Leo C4 months ago

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Ciaron D
Ciaron D4 months ago

If anything Donald Trump used the chemical attack for a PR stunt, as he was not going to let presidential tasks like launching 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria disrupt to disrupt his chocolate cake. He may have killed only six Syrian military personel, but he is certainly getting a kick about ordering these attacks. The legality of the action is questionable as Syria had not attacked the US and it was more a message to Putin that the Bromance is off. Other people would send a Dear Vladimir letter or unfriended him on facebook - as heaven forbid he would do anything for the Syrian people who are suffering every day. I suspect that Putin will turn the tables on Trump in a way that will shock everyone.

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