Thursday night’s US military strike against the Syrian airbase from which the barbaric Assad regime’s sarin-gas attack against its own people was launched was both earth-shaking and modest.
It was modest because it was focused, targeted and limited.
Its specific purpose was to degrade the regime’s ability to work its evil again. In his brief statement, President Trump did not make broad claims or suggest further action was in the offing.
He expressed appropriate outrage at the murder of children with gruesome banned weapons, but based his action in international-law terms — as punishment for Bashir al-Assad violating the terms of the Chemical Weapons Convention of which Syria is a signatory.
The use of sarin, he said, is a threat to the “US and its allies.” The president is right.
Chemical weapons need not, after all, be delivered by plane. They can be carried by individuals and released in confined spaces like the Toyko subway system, where a 1995 sarin attack by terrorists resulted in death and horrible injury to dozens and incidental injuries to more than 5,000 people.