Iran Joins Russia in Threatening the U.S.

Iran Joins Russia in Threatening the U.S.

Russia and Iran have both responded to last week’s American attack on a Syrian air base with firm, clear disapproval. Putin himself was the first to speak out, delivering veiled threats about severe consequences if the United States continues to interfere.
The American strike on Al Sharyat Air Base in the rebel-held northern town of Idlib was swift and justified by Trump as a direct response to the tragic and horrifying gas attack that took place in early April. Among the injured were women, children, toddlers, and even the infant twins.
Healthcare officials from Turkey performed autopsies that confirmed the use of a long-since-banned nerve gas called Sarin. The neurotoxic chemical produces intense burning and severe pain, and frequently leads to fatalities. Because it is self-limiting, it can also be very difficult to identify in a timely fashion, increasing the casualty count dramatically.
Trump condemned the attack before giving the all-clear to fire weapons on Syria, calling it, “an affront to humanity” and pointing out that the United States “stands with our allies…” “to condemn this horrific attack.” Trump went on to say that the attack “crossed the red line” for him. The president initiated and approved an air strike that saw 60 individual Tomahawk missiles targeted to the air base in question.
But just as the gas attack on Syria crossed a red line for Trump, so, too, did Trump’s shelling of the air force base cross a red line for Russia and Iran. A joint leader and spokesperson responsible for representing two of the world’s largest and strongest militaries is offers promises from both countries to respond with force if further attacks occur.
“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines,” one spokesperson began. “From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”
Both Putin and Rouhani, leaders of Russia and Iran respectively, are calling the American invasion in the northern Idlib town an “illegal occupation.”
Russia, Iran, and Syria have a long history of political alliance, so it’s no surprise to see the two come to the defense of Syria even after a chemical attack. Both countries deny that the chemical attack occurred at the hands of the Assad regime, but France, Britain, and several other forces believe this to be untrue.
Rex Tillerson, the United States Secretary of State, went as far as to lay the blame for every civilian death at the feet of the Russians, claiming that their refusal to firmly back chemical weapon bans in 2013 directly contributed to the event.
To make matters worse, some Russian military leaders are calling the strike an “act of war.” If Trump continues to take a hard stance against Assad’s acts, Russia could escalate its threats to the point of another cold war or even initiate World War III.
Do you feel that increasing tensions between the United States and Russia pose a serious risk? Or do you feel that threats from either side are little more than political bluster?