The United States of America, the United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes against Syria on the 13th of April in a punitive move for a suspected Syrian chemical attack in Douma,near Damascus. Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) reports that, "On Saturday, April 7th, at 7:45 PM local time, amidst continuous bombardment of residential neighborhoods in the city of Douma, more than 500 cases -the majority of whom are women and children- were brought to local medical centers with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent. Patients have shown signs of respiratory distress, central cyanosis, excessive oral foaming, corneal burns, and the emission of chlorine-like odor." Syria, however, claims that the incident was staged and the United Kingdom was front and centre of the fiasco. It is difficult to take Syria seriously as SAMS has documented nearly 200 uses of chemical weapons in Syria since 2012. History is not in Syrian favour. France also says it has irrefutable proof that "chemical weapons were used - at least chlorine and that they were used by Bashar al-Assad's regime".
Russia jumped into the fray warning that attacks on Syria would have repercussions. This is no longer about Syria yet it should be. Syrians like Hussam Youis, a 27 year old who woke up at 4 a.m. to explosions and had to run to a shelter for protection are simply pawns in these sick Hunger games. Youis told The Guardian, "This aggression proves to us that the US has always been against us and the west is acting against the will of the Syrian people. It is an immoral act and for the interest of some other states."
Other civilians and the army gathered in Ummayad Square in Damascus in support of Assad, complete with Syrian flags and songs of praise. Tehran called it a crime while Syria's Foreign Minister called it "barbaric aggression". Western allies have, however, warned of further attacks if Syria uses chemical weapons again. The West and the East are on a collision course.