World Reacts to Attack on Syria

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The reviews are mixed after President Trump ordered the launching of 60 Tomahawk missiles against targets in Syria. Seven people were killed, including four children, and nine were wounded when the air base near Homs was hit. One of the missiles didn’t reach Syria, but instead fell into the sea.

The attack was in response to Syrian President Assad allegedly releasing sarin gas on his own people and killing 70 adults and children.

Neo conservatives on the Right are applauding Trump’s decisive leadership because he has done what President Obama said he would do, but did not. The media and many Democrats, including Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, were also in favor of the strike. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was a vocal opponent who questioned its constitutionality.

Most foreign heads of state came out in favor of Trump’s action, including the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Canada, the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

The President of China, Xi Jin Ping, who was meeting with Trump just before the strike, voiced his concern and called for a political settlement to the conflict.

Iran and Russia both condemned the attack. Putin said it was a significant blow to U.S.-Russia relations, and ordered a suspension of the joint agreement that prevents mid-air collisions over Syria while both sides fight ISIS.

The damage to the Syrian airfield was significant, but the runways were not destroyed and planes took off on Friday. The Syria air base is also home to Russian special forces.

Russian Foreign Minister Medvedev called the action “one step away from military clashes with Russia.”

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said the U.S. is prepared to do even more in Syria.

Why this Matters: There remain many unanswered questions about this attack and the future of Syria. Reuters released a story December 28, 2016, claiming that Russia, Turkey and Iran have plans to divide Syria and cut Assad’s powers. One story that supports this plan is now circulating. It says that Russia actually helped coordinate the strike and provided the U.S. with targeting data.

Another story on Thursday said Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to carve out buffer zones in Syria along the border and discussed this idea with Vladimir Putin last month.

Conflicting reports coming out of Russia claim the U.S. had the airstrikes planned before the chemical attack, and were just looking for an excuse to strike. Another report says Russia bombed a hospital following the chemical gas attack in order to cover up the evidence of Assad’s actions.

And while we sift through the latest information, we still have not been provided with irrefutable evidence that Assad is responsible for the chemical attack. However, Fox News reported that the Pentagon has video showing Syrian military jets flying over the area during the chemical attack.

Pray for the President and his advisers. Pray they hear God and follow instructions! May we make wise use of the days ahead, to pursue righteousness and peace, mercy and truth.

Ps. 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

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Trucker Attacks Crowd in Sweden

A man was arrested on Friday in Stockholm, Sweden, in connection with a truck attack on a crowd of shoppers. Four people are confirmed dead and 15 others are injured, nine seriously.

Pray for the injured to be healed and for comfort to those who mourn. May God be near to them and draw them to Himself.

Matt. 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.

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