The U.S. sent an unmistakable signal Thursday night—and it was sent late, and it was sent in the form of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from two U.S. Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean sea. They were fired at the very same Syrian air base from which it is now believed the Syrian government had sent an attack on its own people, an attack in the form of chemical weapons—identified as sarin nerve gas—killing upwards of 80 people.
Sarin gas is banned by every civilized nation and international treaty, and the use of it is considered a war crime.
In a statement he made to the American people late Thursday night, President Trump said the strike was in the vital national security interest of the United States. He went on to say,
“We ask for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world.”
Will this military action bring an end to the Syrian civil war? Almost assuredly not. Will it make a difference? As the President said, we must pray so.