People seem to forget all too often that there is a vital difference between terrorists and innocents. Terrorists are the ones causing the fire; innocents are the ones caught in the crosshairs.
On Thursday, April 5th, chemicals bombs were released on what had been deemed, with little supporting evidence, terrorist factories.
Over eighty Syrian civilians, many of which were children, were proclaimed dead in this incident, the details of which are still hazy.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad proclaimed the only gas released was the effect of striking terrorist factories, but surviving victims tell a different story.
The few victims that were able to receive medical help in time say they saw chemical bombs, liking made with sarin, plummeting from the sky. And due to the proximity of the factory to nearby homes, many innocent families were slaughtered. Even newborns were forced to face the terrors of this untimely demise.
“We started choking, felt dizzy, then fainted,” recalled Aisha al-Tilawi, a survivor who experienced the effects of the bombs from her own home. She went on to explain, “Mazin [my grandson] was trying to wake up his grandfather. Three of my family died.”
Mazin, only thirteen years old, tried to describe the unimaginable desperation as he watched the bombs plummet. “At 6:30 in the morning, the plane struck. I ran up onto the roof and saw that the strike was in front of my grandfather’s house.” He continued to describe the discovery of his grandfather, who had already passed out from the chemical invasion. He ran outside to call for help but lost consciousness shortly after. The next thing he knew, he was slowly waking in Reyhanli Hospital, with no recollection of how he got there.
President Trump was horrified by the supposed actions of Syrian officials, claiming it has forever scarred his opinions of Assad and the rest of the Syrian government. He decided to set an example by launching fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles with the target of none other than Syria.
Many fear that, given that this has happened before this incident, it will happen again. Everyone seems to be on edge. It’s also increased the tension between ISIS, the Syrian government, and the U.S.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and we hope an incident like this will never be repeated.