There have been reports of two chemical attacks in Syria during the past few days; the most recent yesterday. The first, reportedly with sarin gas killed approximately 100 people including many children. The second attack is believed to have used chlorine gas. The impact of the second attack is still undetermined as of this writing.
New Chemical Attack in Syria Leaves Numerous Casualties
The Syrian regime under President Bashar Assad has perpetrated chemical weapons attacks against its own citizens for years, ignoring the world's pronouncements against them, and regardless of the alleged destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and precursor chemical stockpiles, which in retrospect had not been fully destroyed.
These heinous attacks occur not far from Israel's border, and Israel has observed them with consternation, and aware of the dangers, has provided its fighting forces with equipment to counter chemical attacks, and from time to time has provided its citizenry with gas masks and instructions on what to do in case of an attack.
Responses to the events in Syria have varied:
President Donald Trump condemned the attacks as "an affront to humanity," saying that they "cannot be tolerated." Trump condemns Syria chemical attack as 'affront to humanity.
Still developing, later statements hinted at potential US action against Syria.
There were calls for the convening of the UN Security Council, as if that body's pronouncements would be heeded by Syria, Iran or Russia.
UN Security Council to meet urgently on Syria gas attack
Israel's former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau stated that the events in Syria during the past six years amount to a holocaust: Former chief rabbi: What's happening in Syria is a holocaust. Rabbi Lau, himself a survivor of the Shoah, said Israel and the rest of the world should put aside political considerations that may be keeping them from intervening in the civil war, joining others in Israel who have called for action in the wake of the attack.
Finally, the Chutzpah Award for absurd comments in reaction to the chemical attacks goes to former President Obama's US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. Power tweeted, Backed by Russia&Iran, declared permanent by Trump, Assad regime in #Syria feels safe to do what it wants. Gassing people is what it wants.
Samantha Power Blames Trump For Assad Gassing.
This, by someone who is the supposed expert on inaction in the face of genocide. This, by someone who stood with her boss, President Obama, who announced a red line in light of Syrian chemical attacks several years ago, and took no action when that line was subsequently crossed.
Was Russia complicit in Syria's actions? Will the UN condemn Syria? And if so, what difference would it make? Will President Trump take military action against Syria? If so, it would be a defining moment for him, the country and the world. We shall see how the situation develops.