Driven by the hawks in his administration, Donald Trump doesn’t just want to send a “lesson” to Damascus, like he did a year ago. The objective of the military campaign they are preparing is to overturn the military situation in Syria that’s favorable to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian allies so that the jihadists sponsored by America’s allies return to the offensive.
The new war is a step away. Israeli military commanders Wednesday said that if Iran is planning a reprisal from Syria for its military advisers killed by the air strike at the T4 base, “President Bashar Assad and his regime will be the ones who will pay the price.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday gathered the security cabinet ahead of the US attack. Putin strongly asked him not to intervene in Syria, but Israel is keeping its hands free.
Meanwhile, the powerful Saudi royal scion Mohammed bin Salman continues his international tour through the United States and Europe, dispensing cooperation agreements and arms purchases for tens of billions of dollars. After the US, the most important stage was in Paris. At the end of the talks, President Emmanuel Macron said that France agrees with Saudi Arabia on the need to curb “Iranian expansionism” in the Middle East. For his part, bin Salman warned that he will continue to “be extremely vigilant on this point … we will not tolerate any ballistic activity that threatens Saudi Arabia.”