A deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this week has commanded attention from world leaders regarding how to deal with one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.
The province of Idlib, an area southwest of Aleppo, was the target of the attack that has been dubbed one of the worst chemical weapons attacks in recent history. According to reports, the attack left over 100 innocent civilians — many of whom were children — dead.
Video footage that surfaced online shows young children fighting for their lives after breathing in what is rumored to have been Sarin gas.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vehemently condemned the attack, calling it “shocking and appalling.”
Trudeau announced Wednesday that Canada will provide $840 million in humanitarian aid and development assistance, as well as to help find the perpetrators responsible for the atrocity.
On the other hand, however, at a press conference Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump indicated that the attack may cause him to rethink his foreign policy approach in the area.
Trump told reporters outside the White House that the attack “crossed a lot of lines.”
“It crossed a lot of lines for me. When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many lines beyond the red line. Many, many lines… I will tell you, what happened yesterday is unacceptable to me.”
President Trump also placed responsibility for what many are calling a war crime on both Russia and Iran. The problem, however, is that by blaming both nations, Trump excuses himself from any real responsibility in mediating in the Syrian crisis.
“We call upon Russia and Iran, yet again, to exercise their influence over the Syrian regime and to guarantee that this sort of horrific attack never happens again. Russia and Iran also bear great moral responsibility for these deaths.”
Although he’s correct, both Russia and Iran do have blood on their hands, it’s still the responsibility of nations such as Canada and the United States to intervene to put a stop to the absolute madness occurring in Syria.