Unless they’re subscribing to the philosophy of keep your friends close and your enemies closer, it’s hard to understand the chummy façade of camaraderie displayed by leaders during Donald Trump’s recent visit to the Middle East. Specifically during his time in Saudi Arabia, Trump fake-grinned, shook hands, and paraded around the country as if his highly charged Islamophobic rhetoric hasn’t been extremely offensive to Muslims across the globe.
However, despite his two-faced treatment of Muslims worldwide, while in Saudi, Trump was still somehow able to secure a multi-billion dollar deal that his personal business holdings will surely benefit from. True to typical Trump behavior, it hasn’t taken long for him to once again show his true colors. On Friday, Trump ordered an all out assault on the families of Islamic State fighters.
In an attack that was essentially no different than terrorists targeting Trump’s family members because of his views and the people with whom he associates himself, Trump kept his campaign promise to “take out their families.” That partial quote coming from a portion of a Trump’s previous statement where he thoughtlessly asserted:
‘The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.’
So on Friday, “take out their families,” he did. This included at least 30 innocent children. The U.S.-led air strike took place in the Syrian town of Mayadeen where, along with the more than 30 youth who were killed, at least 50 others lost their lives. According to Rami Abdel Rahman, leader of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, those killed were actually seeking refuge:
‘The toll includes 33 children. They were families seeking refuge in the town’s municipal building. This is the highest toll for relatives of IS members in Syria.’
Adding insult to injury where Trump’s latest abuse of the use of military force is concerned is the fact that the United Nations asked that all member nations be more vigilant in determining military versus civilian targets. However, as Donald Trump showed when he insulted world leaders earlier this week, it really matters not to him what ally countries think.
Donald Trump makes it clear that family members, to include innocent children, aren’t immune from attacks, in the interview below:
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