Trig­ger-happy West­ern pol­icy in Mid­dle East adds fuel to Syr­ian fire

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Three West­ern coun­tries on Satur­day once again demon­strated trig­ger-happy foreign pol­icy by launch­ing airstrikes on Syria based on mere al­le­ga­tions about Syria’s use of chem­i­cal weapons.

In co­op­er­a­tion with Bri­tain and France, the US at­tacked Syr­ian mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties, call­ing it a re­sponse to the al­leged gas at­tack by Syr­ian troops in the rebel-held town of Douma near the Syr­ian cap­i­tal of Da­m­as­cus on April 7.

The Syr­ian govern­ment has strongly de­nied the al­le­ga­tion, which has not been in­de­pen­dently in­ves­ti­gated and ver­i­fied. So far the US and its al­lies have not pro­vided any hard ev­i­dence to hold Da­m­as­cus re­spon­si­ble for the al­leged gas at­tack.

The US-led mil­i­tary ac­tion against Syria will re­mind peo­ple of a sim­i­lar at­tack a year ago, which was also launched un­der the pre­text of pun­ish­ing the Syr­ian govern­ment for the al­leged use of chem­i­cal weapons.

The use of chem­i­cal weapons should cer­tainly be con­demned and dealt with res­o­lutely by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. But thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion should pre­cede any pun­ish­ment and ac­tion, es­pe­cially mil­i­tary ones, to hold those re­spon­si­ble to ac­count. Such ac­tions should first be fully au­tho­rized by the United Na­tions.

Such unau­tho­rized use of force, with­out a thor­ough in- ves­ti­ga­tion, not only vi­o­lates the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of a sov­er­eign coun­try, but also es­ca­lates the ten­sions in war-torn Syria as well as the Mid­dle East re­gion as a whole.

The at­tack came de­spite warn­ings from Rus­sia and Iran, which de­manded a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion by in­ter­na­tional in­spec­tors. Con­se­quently, it will in­ten­sify the an­i­mos­ity be­tween the US and Rus­sia and Iran.

His­tory shows the dan­ger­ous con­se­quences of West­ern mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion­ist pol­icy which has wreaked havoc time and again in the volatile Mid­dle East, from Iraq to Syria.

The in­va­sion of Iraq in 2003 and the airstrikes on Libya in 2011 both failed to en­sure peace.

They fur­ther desta­bi­lized the Mid­dle East and re­sulted in mil­lions of civil­ians be­ing killed, wounded and dis­placed.

Iron­i­cally, the US it­self, as well as many of its Euro­pean al­lies in­clud­ing France and Bri­tain, have paid a dear price for their mil­i­tary moves in the Mid­dle East, as il­lus­trated by the costly war against ter­ror­ism at home and abroad.

US-led mil­i­tary strikes against Mid­dle East coun­tries have sown de­struc­tion and ha­tred, form­ing a hot­bed for the rise of ter­ror­ism that has even­tu­ally spread to West­ern coun­tries.

Un­der the UN Char­ter, any dis­pute should be set­tled through di­a­logue, ne­go­ti­a­tion and com­pro­mise, and all mem­bers should re­frain from us­ing force against an­other sov­er­eign na­tion.

If the US and its West­ern al­lies re­ally want to ad­dress the ris­ing dan­gers of ter­ror­ism and the wors­en­ing sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East, they should first dis­card their trig­ger-happy foreign pol­icy in the re­gion and any other parts of the world.

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