President Trump authorized an airstrike against Syria in response to “an affront to humanity” that killed 100+ “innocent children and babies” in a chemical attack. But America is in no moral position to wag its finger at Syria. Anyone who barely skims the news is aware that the United States routinely violates both human and civil rights. At this moment, America is waging chemical attacks against its own people.
For instance, the Trump administration green-lighted the Dakota Access Pipeline which will poison water supplies and land for generations to come. This is a chemical attack on the American people. The government is run by a bunch of conservatives who think climate change is a hoax – an idea which justifies a 30% cut to the Environmental Protections Agency. This is a chemical attack on the American people. The government sits idly by and allows the residents of Flint, Michigan to have their water supply contaminated with lead; causing damage to “innocent children and babies.” This is a chemical attack on the American people.
The fact that the U.S. allows chemical attacks locally but condemns them globally proves that the airstrikes on Syria have absolutely nothing to do with defending “humanity.” If America were truly humanitarian, it would’ve welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms. We need to dismantle the idea that the United States is the global police officer who intervenes for the greater good. The only objective here is to dominate the Middle East.