“People Are Dancing In The Streets”: Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump’s Airstrikes

Saturday, April 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Sat, 04/14/2018

And just like that, Trump’s second Syrian attack appears to have come and gone.

Sure, over a 100 cruise missiles were fired on Saturday morning local time at three mostly empty military installations, including one research and two storage facilities in airstrikes that last no more than 70 minutes …

… Syrian air defenses may or may not have intercepted many, if not a majority of the launched missiles, and Trump got to wave his “mission accomplished” flag on twitter, but did anything change?

Not if one observes the response of the targeted nations: on Saturday, Syria, Russia and Iran largely shrugged off the strikes by the United States, United Kingdom and France (but not Germany and Italy) against three Syrian chemical weapons facilities, which naturally drew angry condemnations but no indication that there would be a wider escalation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities as an “act of aggression,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatalloh Ali Khamenei tweeted that the attack represented “a war crime,” and the Syrian Foreign Ministry described it as “barbarous aggression.”

But, as the WaPo reported, the pre-dawn volleys of cruise missiles launched by the United States, Britain and France “were limited to three sites linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program and triggered no retaliation.”

In saving face, Russia said they did little damage and that most of the cruise missiles targeting Syrian sites had been intercepted by Syrian air defenses, including all of those that were bound for the site from which last week’s alleged chemical attack originated.

Syria quickly trolled Trump, and shortly after the attack the Syria presidency tweeted a post saying “the honorable cannot be humiliated.” A few hours later, the account tweeted a video of him walking nonchalantly to work through the halls of the Syrian presidential palace. The text said: “The morning of resilience.”

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