"People Are Dancing In The Streets": Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump's Airstrikes

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."

Meanwhile, in the capital Damascus, there was defiance and relief as residents jolted awake by explosions at around 4 a.m. realized the strikes would be limited. Syrian state television broadcast scenes of citizens taking to the streets to celebrate and demonstrate their support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, waving Syrian, Russian and Iranian flags. As WaPo Beirut bureau chief Liz Sly wrote:

Damascus is shrugging off the US strikes, which turned out to be more limited than feared. People are dancing in the streets, waving Assad’s portrait & saying Trump has failed.

“Thank God this was less than we had feared. We were scared of a bigger assault that could be devastating, but we are happy it was limited and less powerful,” Mayda Kumejian, a Damascus resident, told the WaPo by phone. She described being jolted awake by explosions and the sound of jets roaring overhead.

"This strike is only muscle flexing by Trump to show his power," she said. "Assad’s regime is much stronger now."

"We tell Trump, you can do nothing. Here we are celebrating to show that you are bankrupt,” said a jubilant woman interviewed on state television.

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By morning, the Western countries said their bombing was over for now and "democratic" world leaders sought to tamp down any tensions associated with the strike. The United States and its allies said three facilities associated with Syria’s chemical weapons program were targeted: a scientific research center in the greater Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post, also near Homs.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. Damascus’s allies saying the buildings hit had been evacuated in advance.

According to Reuters, French President Emmanuel Macron said the strikes had been limited so far to Syria’s chemical weapons facilities. Paris released a dossier that it said showed Damascus was to blame for the poison gas attack on Douma, the last town holding out in a rebel-held swathe of territory near Damascus that government forces have recaptured this year.

British PM Theresa May described the strike as “limited and targeted”, with no intention of toppling Assad or intervening more widely in the war. She authorized British action after intelligence showed Assad’s government was to blame for gassing the Damascus suburb of Douma a week ago, she said.

So far, there has been no publicly released evidence that the Assad regime was indeed behind the chemical attacks; instead in its briefing on Saturday morning, the Pentagon referenced a "2000% increase in Russian trolls". It now appears that the same excuse the left used for Hillary's loss is what the Trump admin is using to justify ceding power to the military industrial complex.

And while most of the west has been united in its condemnation against Syria, lack of evidence notwithstanding, Germany and Italy said on Saturday that they refuse to participate in the strikes.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon also said the United States had “deconfliction” contacts with Russia before and after the strikes, that Syrian air defense systems had been largely ineffective and there was no indication that Russian systems had been employed.

In comments on Saturday morning, the Russian Defense Ministry said the strikes did little damage and claimed that of 103 cruise missiles fired in the U.S.-led airstrike, 71 were shot down by Syria’s Soviet-made air-defense systems. The intercepted missiles included all 12 of those bound for the Al-Dumayr military airfield near Damascus, where the chemical attack that triggered the crisis was allegedly launched.

In de-escalating the airstrikes' aftermath, Russia said its own air defenses were not activated because none of the missiles passed through its zone of influence. Russia also said there were no immediate reports of military or civilian casualties. The Syrian army command said three civilians had been injured in the attack on Homs.

One reason why there was no escalation: the strikes had been flagged so far in advance that Syria and its allies had plenty of notice to evacuate the likely targets of civilians and assets, possibly also including key components of the chemical weapons program, leaving it unclear how much of an impact they would have.

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Saturday's strike against Syria was the second time in little over a year that the Trump administration had launched "retaliatory strikes" against Syria in the wake of chemical attacks. Last year’s attack, which took place on April 7, 2017, targeted the Shayrat air base outside Hama, which U.S. officials said was used to launch a sarin gas attack that killed 70 people in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. Within a week of last year’s strikes, Syrian media broadcast photographs showing that the base was operative again.

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So what, if anything changed, and what was the point of the airstrikes?

Some, observing that Russian air defenses did not engage, and that the US & Russia are now in full deconfliction mode, claimed that "the whole thing was just a charade."

Meanwhile, according to NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent, Trump's message was simple: "Assad wasn't targeted.  His air force remains intact.  US efforts taken to prevent escalation with Russia. So the message seems to be that the Syrian regime can continue its war and Assad still gets to win, just not by using chemical weapons."

Finally, one proposed angle is that what happened last night will have little consequence for Syria, whereas the real impact will be on Iran-Israel relations: "Russia may forego escalation after Western strikes. But there is every indication that Iran is unlikely to let the Israeli killing of its soldiers go unanswered."

The best news, however, is that Trump got his "mission accomplished" victory parade, if only in his own eyes.

It remains to be seen if the brief foreign distraction will prove dramatic enough to distract from the president's ever growing list of domestic scandals...


Belrev VAL THOR Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:58 Permalink

They strike "chemical weapons factories" and warehouses with missiles and are not concerned about releasing the poisonous agents into the surrounding area and killing thousands of people?

It tells us that they knew there was nothing in those targets.

And they did it the day before the chemical weapons inspectors were due to arrive and check things out on the ground.

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Slack Jack curbjob Sat, 04/14/2018 - 11:14 Permalink

This latest chemical attack in Syria is yet another FALSE FLAG.

Just like all the previous chemical attacks in Syria were FALSE FLAG events.

Just like the Skripal "chemical attack" in Britain was a FALSE FLAG event.

Trump is a Jew (so are Macron and Theresa May, by the way).


It seems the Jews want war,.... yet again.

If Putin does not respond, with force, to force,....

We can only conclude that Putin is a Jew too; Putin the new Hitler.

If you wish to see how real wars are conducted, read:

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.


It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.


Does anyone actually think a single missile was fired?

OR,... is it all massively coordinated false news.


The 30 or 40 missiles that got through should have left a few holes here and there.

Unless, of course, it is all BS.

It is 2 PM in Damascus; the video clips should have been up-loaded hours ago.

But there don't seem to be any.

"That's not the way the world really works anymore. We (Jews) are an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality (by outright lies)... We're history's actors (the creators of huge wars)... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do (and get away with it)."



FireBrander "Video will come, Aerial photos will come"

But it will take some time and many will see that everything is BS.

If the missiles had really flown we would have videos of the results all over the internet, long ago.

This time they messed up big time. SAD.

If they rush the cover up, it may turn out worse than not having any evidence at all.


beepbop: "Time for PUTIN TO STAND UP to Israhell."

I don't think so: today I was shown pictures of Putin wearing a scull-cap while visiting the wailing wall.

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Adolph.H. beepbop Sat, 04/14/2018 - 11:18 Permalink

What exactly did Americans wanted to achieve before leaving? 

Looks like they achieved nothing, except uniting Syrian people even more against them. 

And Russia already replenishing Syrian inventory:


They also said they would reconsider selling them S-300. Who wants to bet there are already some onboard for them? 

70% interception rate with S-200 is a very nice number. It can only go higher with some shiny new S-300.


It's okay not to be a Jew.

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IH8OBAMA FireBrander Sat, 04/14/2018 - 11:58 Permalink

They are all dancing in the knowledge that Assad can't gas them anymore.  Over 50 gas attacks by Assad in the last few years despite Putin promising that he would make sure all of the chemical weapons in Syria would be destroyed.

BTW, Russia vetoed the UN resolution to have an independent country investigate this gas attack.  Go figure.

“The U.S. will push to accelerate the Geneva process to reach a political solution in Syria,” Ayman Abdel Nour, founder of Syrian Christians for Peace, and a key player in Washington and opposition dialogue, said regarding the conflict. “Russia asked to reduce the strike in order to keep its face, in exchange to push for a real political solution, which requires Assad to be out.” 


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CatInTheHat IH8OBAMA Sat, 04/14/2018 - 12:25 Permalink

There was no chemical attack. It was staged by US, UK, SAUDI ISRAELI FUNDED WHITE HATS.

Syrian CW were all destroyed in 2013. 

UK PORTON DOWN sending the US, UK, SAUDI ISRAELI FUNDED TERRORISTS chemical weapons. Russia and Syria government discover abandoned chemical weapons lab in terrorist stronghold abandoned by terrorists. 


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Blankone JimmyJones Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:23 Permalink

psst, psst - does not matter. Regardless if Syria is or is not telling the truth, PUTIN DID NOTHING.
Putin exposed himself as a bunch of hot air. All Putin's threats that he would counterattack the sources of any attack on Syria were show to be lies.

Putin simply confirmed that he is a phony, a coward. This is going to make things worse for him.

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kralizec Blankone Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:14 Permalink

There is an element of truth here...if indeed the American allegations are true then Russia will not respond...if the American allegations are bullshit then Putin has to respond...yes?

Wait, what if America is right and Russia is wrong and responds anyway?

Ah screw it!  It's not going to expand anyway...Trump saved face by firing off a load...Putin can blow some people up.  It's all it is.

If America isn't blowing up pipelines they aren't serious and if Russia isn't killing Americans they aren't serious.

Relax, crack a cold one, enjoy the show.


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veritas semper… Blankone Sat, 04/14/2018 - 19:51 Permalink

Mr. Putin didn't do nothing because America didn't dare attack his military bases there . He said he would respond if a Russian soldier gets wounded or dies. There were no Russian casualties. There were not even Syrian casualties.

 But the overall US "performance" ,with 70 % of Tomahawks shot down by a Soviet era S-200 and S-125 says the story: this is why Mr. Putin did not have to do "something" . the Syrians were able to defend themselves.

 And ,now ,Mr. is going to do something: provide S-300 fro Syria and not respect any embargo imposed by the West.

 US spent 1/4 Bil $ only in Tomahawks  cost , never mind logistics to KO a deserted plant ,that the Israhellis have bombed a few times , a research center and an empty warehouse.

 It's laughable .

 Your assessment ,as usual ,lacks profoundness and is selective. but ,we are used by now with this , aren't we?

 I don't even know why I bother to answer. I think that;s the last time. You are not worthy . How many times can somebody display pure hate and nothing else 'til he becomes boring?

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Mentaliusanything veritas semper… Sun, 04/15/2018 - 02:49 Permalink

Yes, " OPCW is on the ground ,invited by Syria and Russia." this was confirmed by the UN secretary General " Full speech here https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2018-04-14/secretary-gene… 

"I reaffirm my full support for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – the OPCW -- and its Fact-Finding Mission in undertaking the required investigation.

The team is already in Syria.  I am informed that their operations plan to visit the site is completed and they are ready to go. 
I am confident that they will have full access, without any restrictions or impediments to perform their activities."

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IronForge oldmanofthesee Sat, 04/14/2018 - 18:49 Permalink

Concur with RUS presenting their Case before the UN, Old Man Air Force:

RUS tried to pass a Resolution to get the ChemWeaps Inspectors On-site in SYR.  USA Vetoed.  Their Inspectors have reportedly found no bodies or ChemWeaps.  I don't know of 3rd Party Inspectors Present in SYR; but the Attack took place the night/0darkhundred before the OPCW  Inspectors' Arrival.


We have, IIRC, several Rebel Factions who were found to be carrying them; and at least 3 Groups which publicly claimed to have and used ChemWeaps.

All this and the BZ Agent used in the Skripal SmearEX.


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shovelhead CatInTheHat Sat, 04/14/2018 - 13:13 Permalink

"Today the Axis of Evil...er, the Allied Forces struck terror into the hearts of Bashir Assad and V. Putin by making a large number of holes in the desert.

Confirmed deaths due to this recent spate of chemical attacks in Salisbury and Syria are two hamsters and a black cat."

"Excuse me, Weren't the pets dead from starvation?"

"Well, yes, because they were to weak from gas to feed themselves."

"This is CNN reporting live from our green screen studio."

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