SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – Is it better to die from conventional weapons than from chemical weapons? After the stormy reaction of the whole world to a chemical attack in Gut, one can not help but ask this question. President Trump in “Twitter” called Bashar Assad “an animal,” so the regime does not dare celebrate its latest victory in fear that Trump still something to come up with.
Like many other Syrians, I have been sleeping badly in recent days. We are waiting for US President Donald Trump to strike the Assad regime in response to the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta last weekend. All insurgents and thousands of civilians had to leave the area, formerly the last stronghold of the opposition near Damascus.
After the attack, the UN Security Council met, and many countries, including the US, openly threatened to use military means against the Syrian regime. The Volunteer Corps “White Helmets” reported that 70 people were killed. According to the WHO, 500 people showed “symptoms that indicate exposure to toxic substances”.
Recently, representatives of the Syrian regime literally danced in the streets, rejoicing at the victories at Damascus. However, the reaction of the US and its allies diminished the joy of the Syrian president.
Assad and his supporters are now very much afraid that “good, new and” smart “missiles” from Trump’s “tweets” will harm them or their relatives in the army.
And the main concern is that the US blow will force Russia to abandon the Syrian regime. Russia’s withdrawal will give the opposition the chance to regain the areas from which it was expelled by Assad over the past two years.
However, the opposition-losing opposition still hopes for an American strike. The rebels know that a couple of missiles will not make Assad lose the war, and they hope that after an air strike the regime will start to fight with missiles, rather than with its own population, which in this case will get some respite from the war. In addition, there is a hope that the regime will be exhausted, and Russia – humiliated.
The rebels for years waited for a large-scale strike on Assad. They liked how Trump released 59 Tomahawks for the military positions of the Syrian army last April. These missiles were the response to a chemical attack in Khan Sheikhun in the province of Idlib, which killed 86 people.
But many Syrians wonder why the world worries only when chemical weapons are used, and when people die from conventional weapons, this does not bother anyone.
In the last seven years, about 100 people are killed daily in Syria. Most of the victims are government troops and Russia. They indiscriminately bombed areas inhabited by civilians: rockets and bombs equal the buildings to the ground, although everyone knows that there are families with children there.
The Syrians, who have been bombed for seven years now, believe that any death is bad. They joke, and in this there is some truth that “it’s easier to die from gas than from a bomb”. They demand to stop bombing, and not just chemical attacks.