Following Trump’s Tomahawk attack on the (forewarned) regime airbase, I had the opportunity to join Chris Hayes to discuss the implications, and course correct flawed discourse on Syria, Assad, the revolution, US “intervention”.
Also, some of the points I made before the broadcast to reset the conversation and explain why Trump acted now along with curated perspective and insight at the bottom.
Curated Resources on the Chemical Attack:
Reporting from Khan Shaikun:
- April 5, Bellingcat – The Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Attack, The Evidence So Far
- April 6, Kareem Shaheen of The Guardian – ‘The dead were wherever you looked’: inside Syrian town after gas attack
- April 8, Kareem Shaheen of The Guardian – Tragedy of a father who lost more than 20 family members in Khan Sheikhun
- April 8, CNN, Site of chemical attack hit again
Human Rights Org Statements:
- April 4, Syria Civil Defense, Joint Statement by the Syria Civil Defence and the Health Directorate in Idlib
- April 5, Doctors Without Borders, Khan Sheikhoun victims have symptoms consistent with exposure to chemical substances
- April 5, Amnesty International – UN Security Council must take decisive action after Idleb chemical attack
- April 6, Human Rights Watch, Russia’s Claim on Alleged Chemical Attack in Syria
Debunking Fake News & Regime Propaganda:
- April 7, Medium, How the alt-right brought #SyriaHoax to America
- April 8, BI, From Al-Masdar to InfoWars: How a pro-Assad conspiracy theory got picked up by the far-right
Analysis on “Why”:
- April 6, Anne Barnard, The Grim Logic Behind Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attack
- April 7, Faysal Itani, NY Times, What was Bashar Al-Assad Thinking?
- April 8, Hassan Hassan, The Guardian, US strikes mark a new turn in Syria and beyond. Destination unknown.
- April 10, Annia Ciezadlo, WP, Why would Assad use sarin in a war he’s winning? To terrify Syrians.