Yet Another President Commits the Ultimate War Crime of Launching a War of Aggression
So outrageous is the US violation of international law in this case of the attack on Syria ordered by President Trump that the UN ambassador of Bolivia, a nation that is normally a staunch ally of the US, condemned it forcefully. Speaking at a Security Council session called to seek an independent investigation into the Shiekhun gas attack, and holding aloft a large photo of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell taken during his lying testimony in 2003 before that same council falsely claiming Iraq was making WMDs, Ambassador Sacha Llorenti said that even as the Council was discussing a motion for establishing an independent investigation in Shiekhun, the US was "preparing—once again—to carry out a unilateral attack." He went on to charge, "The United States has not only unilaterally attacked...[it] has become that investigator, has become the prosecutor, has become the judge, has become the jury. Whereas the investigation would have allowed us to establish an in an objective manner who is responsible for the attacks, this is an extreme, extreme violation of international law."
Clearly the Trump administration, famously unconcerned with facts in any event, wasn't concerned about knowing who actually poisoned 70 civilians with Sarin, raising suspicions that the White House was just looking for a pretext, and why waste a good one by asking questions that might spoil it? In fact, Russia is charging that the White House was planning the attack in advance of the alleged poison gas incident it was supposed to be in retaliation for. As Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov put it in a statement condemning the US attack as a war crime:
"It is obvious that the cruise missile attack was prepared in advance. Any expert understands that Washington’s decision on air strikes predates the Idlib events, which simply served as a pretext for a show of force."
He is of course correct. The two destroyers that launched the Tomahawks had first to be loaded with the weapons, and sailed into position to launch them in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Then coordinates had to have been programmed into them, in order for them -- or at least some of them, given that only 23 of these "precision" missiles apparently hit their targets with the rest gone missing -- to strike the airport. All that takes time -- probably days or even weeks of planning, targeting, and weapons preparation.