Another day, another chemical attack. After the chemical attack in April of 2017, the U.S. administration unleashed a wave of cruise missiles against Syria. The misplaced hope that this would deter the Assad regime was acknowledged yesterday as the Syrian regime launched another chemical attack against its own citizens. The U.S. and NATO are still "discussing" the matter and are promising a retaliatory attack. Really? The Syrian civil war has now cost the lives of over half-a-million people, and the powers that be are still having discussions. It is more than obvious that Russia and Iran have teamed up and have now taken over vasts amounts of Iraqi and Syrian territory and have absolutely now intention, what-so-ever, to give up any of their winnings. Russia, who treasures its newfound bases, both naval and air force, located in the Mediterranean north of Lebanon, will not give up this territory easily. Iran, with its hell-bent commitment to destroy Israel, is celebrating its newly acquired bases in Syria and its land-bridge to Israel. Flushed with another 4.7 billion dollars in cash from President Obama and Secretary of State, John Kerry, Iran now is using this cash flow to intimidate Israel and unseat what little stability there is in the region. If one had to play this out, long term, the likelihood of avoiding a massive ground war now seems unlikely. Not only will President Trump have to keep the U.S. troops in Syria, he might have to launch a "huge" buildup. Certainly, Israel will not stand by idly and let the dogmatic regime of Iran build up forces against its border. In fact, just last night, unconfirmed reports state that an "unknown" force attacked by air the largest Syrian military air force base in central Syria. This particular base is served by both Hezbollah and Iranian military forces. The U.S. has yet to respond with anything but verbiage, so far. That may change. In any case, so far, Putin, Iran and the dictator Assad have managed to out maneuver the West at every turn. The momentum so far established by these powers only leaves one outcome, and a very scary one at that. A full blown all out war where NATO and the U.S. take on Russia and Iran. This, of course, will have disastrous consequences. In my opinion, Russia and Iran have overplayed their hand and are just hoping that President Donald Trump and Europe don't have the political will to move forward. We will see. That's the way I see it, today, April 9th, 2918.
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