Pre­ci­sion bomb­ing was re­mark­able

Western Mail - - VIEWS OF WALES -

AS “sur­gi­cal air strikes” go the re­cent raids by the United States, Britain and France were a re­mark­able demon­stra­tion of pre­ci­sion bomb­ing which was fright­en­ing in its ac­cu­racy.

I hope how­ever, the use of the ex­pres­sion “mis­sion ac­com­plished” by Pres­i­dent Trump does not come back to haunt him as it did for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush when he used the same ex­pres­sion af­ter the in­va­sion of Iraq.

The sec­tar­ian, civil war in Syria is in it’s eighth year. The pro-As­sad forces with the help of Rus­sia have forced the “rebels” into com­par­a­tively small en­claves and there seems to be a real chance that this ghastly con­flict will end. One won­ders at the anti-As­sard forces’ mo­tives when it is ap­par­ent that they can no longer win, yet ap­pear to be de­ter­mined to fight to the bit­ter end.

Mean­while, what was once one of the more de­vel­oped coun­tries in the re­gion has been trashed with mil­lions left home­less and forced to be­come refugees.

Chem­i­cal weapons are in­dis­crim­i­nate and have been de­scribed as “the poor man’s nu­clear weapons” but it should not be for­got­ten that many na­tions ei­ther have these or have the abil­ity to pro­duce them.

To claim, as some peo­ple have, that chlo­rine for in­stance can only come from one source is wrong. The gas is fairly eas­ily pro­duced and has many uses in­clud­ing wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion.

So as Mrs May faces MPs who feel they should have been con­sulted

be­fore the lat­est raid on Syria, one is left won­der­ing what was it all about. Was it re­ally about “chem­i­cal weapons” or was it a re­minder to Pres­i­dent Putin not to push his luck too far?

Harry Thomas Neath

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