American policy in Syria increasingly looks insane. A Syrian war plane, involved in the Syrian government’s ongoing battle with ISIS in Eastern Syria, was shot down by America – who thought it was a threat to a local militia that America happened to be supporting.
In the light of this, it is worth remembering that 9 months ago, in September 2016, the American-led coalition attacked Syrian forces near Deir ez-Zor who were involved in a battle with ISIS, killing about 100 Syrian soldiers. The coalition claimed it was a mistake. But it’s funny that it is now twice within a year that America has attacked Syrian forces involved in battles with ISIS.
And exactly what authority does America have over Syrian territory anyway? Not only is Syria not part of the USA, it isn’t even anywhere near the USA.
Basically, American armed forces went into Syria uninvited by the Syrian goverment, shot down a Syrian plane, and then called it “self-defense.” That’s like someone breaking into your house, and when you challenge them, they shoot you, and then claim they acted in self-defense.
Are any other countries allowed to operate this way? Or is it simply that might is right? What would happen if other countries operated this way?
I can’t help this is yet another case where Galatians 6:7 applies: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”
To quote Daniel Larison
” . . . the U.S. has no authority to be engaged in hostilities anywhere in Syria, and [its] government certainly has no authority to attack Syrian government forces operating inside their own country in support for anti-regime insurgents . . . . [Its] Syria policy . . . is also illegal.”
It is hardly surprising that Russia has now said it will treat coalition forces in some parts of Syria as targets.
And why exactly is the UK involved in the American-led coalition? It seems extremely foolish to me.
But nobody seems to be asking that question.
Note: For background information on the situation in Syria see my previous posts on the subject:
And see also Philip Giraldi’s excellent article “Who is destroying Syria?”