After President Donald Trump ordered a major airstrike in Syria in response to the Syrian President’s recent deadly chemical attack, most of the world is still deliberating over Trump’s actions. Now, one Syrian girl has chosen to speak out with a bold 4-word message directed straight at Trump — and it’s something everyone needs to hear.
Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old Syrian girl who is known worldwide as a survivor of the horrors of war in Aleppo after chronicling the horrors of the assault on Aleppo on her Twitter account, has voiced her support for Trump’s Tomahawk missile strike in Syria, asking him to “save the Syrian children.”
“I am a Syrian child who suffered under Bashar al Asad & Putin. I welcome Donald Trump action against the killers of my people,” Alabed wrote, according to Time. “Putin and Bashar al Asad bombed my school, killed my friends & robbed my childhood. It’s time to punish the killers of children in Syria.”
Alabed and her mother Fatemah escaped Aleppo in December and now live in Turkey. Bana uses Twitter to report on her experiences as a survivor and to plead for help for the war-torn country.
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) April 4, 2017
After Trump’s inauguration in January, Alabed wrote to him, asking that he “save the children and people of Syria.” She pleaded, “You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you.”
The chemical attack killed at least 75 civilians, many of them children, and wounded many more in the city of Khan Shaykhun in northeastern Syria. Trump’s response in launching 59 Tomahawk missiles on an airbase controlled by the Syrian government killed at least seven and rendered the runway useless. The strike, of course, is also the topic of much political debate.
While many, like young Alabed, are praising Trump, the airstrike that he ordered is straining the relationship between the United States and Russia.
“The Syrian Army has no chemical weapons at its disposal,” said Dmitri S. Peskov, a spokesman for Mr. Putin, blaming the gas attack on “terrorists.” Russia called on the United Nations Security Council to convene an emergency meeting, and Mr. Peskov said Mr. Putin considered the missile strike a breach of international law.
Donald Trump has said for some time that he hopes to build better relationships with Russia, and his supposed ties to Vladimir Putin and Russian agencies have been publicized by his political opponents in the Democrat Party. Many of them have gone so far as to say that Trump was elected because of Russian meddling. Now that Trump has taken such bold action against Russia’s ally, Syria, in a conflict where the Russians have been conducting long-term military operations, that particular claim now seems not only exaggerated but preposterous.