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Jack Brandt September 13, 2023

Could U.S. airstrikes lead to a bigger war?

Early Saturday morning, three sites responsible for the manufacturing of chemical weapons in Syria under President Bashar al-Assad were hit by US airstrikes in the wake of a chemical attack on civilians just over a week ago.
The strikes were a joint operation from the US, Britain and France, launching over 100 missiles that completely destroyed the sites but didn’t fully cripple Syria’s chemical warfare. Furthermore, these strikes were limited, to avoid drawing the US into further conflict with Russia and Iran.
Following these attacks, Russia was kind of pissed.
In a statement from the Ambassador of Russia to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov said “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.” He later added that “The U.S. – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.”
Basically, two global superpowers aren’t getting along while playing with bombs in someone else’s country. While these chemical attacks are clearly abhorrent, is it the West’s responsibility to admonish Assad’s actions? Let’s quickly remind ourselves how wars have been started in the past.
World War I began after the assassination of the Austrian Archduke, quickly followed by an Austrian declaration of war against Serbia and dragging other countries into the conflict.
The Vietnam War began after the supposed incidents in the Gulf of Tonkin, which were revealed to be falsified reports to encourage a declaration of war.
The first is an example of other countries getting too involved and the second is an example of the US being too involved in the affairs of another country and acting as judiciary.
Syria is an example of both. It’s just one small conflict and the wrong person dead at the wrong time before this becomes a war of horrendous proportions. The war that follows between global superpowers would make previous wars puny in comparison. 
The US should not be this involved to protect the peace as it could be a catalyst for war.

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Could U.S. airstrikes lead to a bigger war?