Thursday, April 12, 2018
America counts down to Syria missile strikes as Trump threats leave conflict with Russia looming large
''The dark shadow of a war involving America and Russia in Syria is looming large after public threats of missile attacks from President Donald Trump, Moscow’s warning of devastating counterstrikes in retaliation and hopes of negotiations fading away.
The bellicose rhetoric about a military answer to the crisis over the suspected chemical attack in Douma appears to have made the prospect of conflict almost inevitable, with the timing and scale of it seemingly the only issues yet to be settled.
The era of nations formally declaring war on each other has long gone, but Mr Trumps’s tweet threatening “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart’” means that he will now find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to back down from launching an attack..''