The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -


MY fel­low Amer­i­cans, a short time ago, I or­dered the United States Armed Forces to launch pre­ci­sion strikes on tar­gets as­so­ci­ated with the chem­i­cal weapons ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Syr­ian dic­ta­tor Bashar al-As­sad – a com­bined op­er­a­tion with the armed forces of France and the United King­dom is now un­der way. We thank them both.

Tonight, I want to speak with you about why we have taken this ac­tion. One year ago, As­sad launched a sav­age chem­i­cal weapons attack against his own in­no­cent peo­ple. The United States re­sponded with 58 mis­sile strikes that de­stroyed 20 per cent of the Syr­ian air force.

Last Satur­day, the As­sad regime again de­ployed chem­i­cal weapons to slaugh­ter in­no­cent civil­ians – this time, in the town of Douma, near the Syr­ian cap­i­tal of Da­m­as­cus. This mas­sacre was a sig­nif­i­cant es­ca­la­tion in a pat­tern of chem­i­cal weapons use by that very ter­ri­ble regime.

The evil and the de­spi­ca­ble attack left moth­ers and fa­thers, in­fants and chil­dren, thrash­ing in pain and gasp­ing for air. These are not the ac­tions of a man; they are crimes of a mon­ster in­stead.

I also have a mes­sage … for the two gov­ern­ments most re­spon­si­ble for sup­port­ing, equip­ping and fi­nanc­ing the crim­i­nal As­sad regime.

To Iran and to Rus­sia, I ask: What kind of na­tion wants to be as­so­ci­ated with the mass mur­der of in­no­cent men, women and chil­dren? The na­tions of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No na­tion can suc­ceed ... by pro­mot­ing rogue states, bru­tal tyrants and mur­der­ous dic­ta­tors.

No amount of Amer­i­can blood or trea­sure can pro­duce last­ing peace and se­cu­rity in the Mid­dle East. It’s a trou­bled place. We will try to make it bet­ter, but it is a trou­bled place.

Tonight, I ask all Amer­i­cans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our al­lies as they carry out their mis­sions. We pray that God will bring com­fort to those suf­fer­ing in Syria. We pray that God will guide the whole re­gion to­ward a fu­ture of dig­nity and of peace.

And we pray that God will con­tinue to watch over and bless the United States of Amer­ica.

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