Trump Inciting North Korea for Nuclear Attack: Ted Lieu

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House
President Donald Trump. Photo: White House

Although Trump decided to attack Syria with an unfounded assumption that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered the chemical attack, there is no evidence available for Assad’s role in the attack.

By Rakesh Raman

Close on the heels of demanding the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate Trump campaign collusion with Russia, Congressman Ted Lieu has warned about Donald Trump’s tendencies to trigger a nuclear war.

Referring to the U.S. missile attack on Syria on Thursday in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack, Ted Lieu feared that Trump might attempt a similar misadventure on North Korea, as Trump has repeatedly expressed his displeasure with Pyongyang.

In his message to President Trump, the Congressman said that unlike Syria, North Korea has nukes and it can rain down artillery on South Korea. “You mess up and millions can die on Korean Peninsula,” Ted Lieu warned.

He was referring to a new CNN report that said the U.S. aircraft carrier-led strike group is heading toward Korean Peninsula as a show of force.

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The Congressman added that in the last 48 hours, Trump has significantly increased the risk of harm to U.S. troops in Syria and South Korea.

The chattering classes believe that Trump had ordered to attack Syria just to divert the attention of media from the issue of Trump-Russia ties to a military aggression by U.S. forces.

Trump wasted no time to use Twitter with the aim to bring the media discussions around Syria attack instead of his connivance with Russia.

“Congratulations to our great military men and women for representing the United States, and the world, so well in the Syria attack,” Trump tweeted.

But it is believed that the alleged chemical weapons attack and subsequent U.S. attack on Syria was a stage-managed exercise led by Russia to help Trump change the ongoing narrative from his links with Russia to Trump’s concern for the people suffering in Syria.

But Trump’s opponents suggest that his apparent compassion for Syrians is a kind of hypocrisy, as on one side he is not allowing Syrian refugees to enter America, and on the other, he wants to protect them from attacks.

“If Donald Trump truly wants to help Syrians fleeing murderers, he should drop his effort to ban their children from America immediately,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – who is a fierce critic of Donald Trump.

Although Trump decided to attack Syria with an unfounded assumption that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered the chemical attack, there is no evidence available for Assad’s role in the attack.

The UN has said that it is not in a position to independently verify these reports and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is currently in the process of gathering and analysing information to confirm if chemical weapons were used.

An emergency meeting of the Security Council was held Wednesday to discuss the reports of alleged chemical weapons use in Khan Shaykhun, southern rural Idleb, Syria.

A senior United Nations (UN) official for disarmament affairs said that while details are not yet fully known, new information continues to come in on the incident.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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