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tv   Reporter - Survival Act - Life under the Big Top  Deutsche Welle  April 14, 2018 9:02am-9:15am CEST

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well this is the biggest intervention by western powers against the assad government since the start of syria's civil war u.s. presidents donald trump and ends the operation in a televised address our fellow americans a short time ago i ordered the united states armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of syrian dictator bashar al assad. a combined operation with the armed forces of france and the united kingdom is now underway we think them both we are prepared to sustain this response until the syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents i also have a message tonight for the two governments most responsible for supporting equipping
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and financing the criminal assad regime. to iran and to russia i ask what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men women and children. and the latest from washington we're joined now by clare richardson and in studio we have analysts and journalists. and then turn first of all to you claire and president trump has said earlier that the u.s. was prepared to continue strikes until the syrian regime stopped using chemical weapons but let's just have a listen to wast defense secretary james mattis said when asked about whether there'd be more strikes. that will depend on mr a sawed do use more chemical weapons in the future but right now this is a one time shot and i believe that it showed a very strong message to dissuade to deter him from doing this again. is there
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a lack of consensus here what exactly is the strategy fair well the short term strategy is to send a message to assad that the international community will not stand by as a government passes its own people however it's not clear what the longer term plan is for the united states these missile strikes are unlikely to change the fear of the fighting on the ground in a significant way the united states is not looking for real change here and of course this is a deeply complicated a proxy war it's entering its eighth year and arguably more complicated than ever before and even a week ago we saw trump himself singing a rather different tune about syria about his policy toward syria saying that he wanted to withdraw u.s. troops that was against the recommendation of his military advisers and it seems pretty clear from the fact that we have seen this chemical weapons attack take place that the united states first direct military action against syria last year
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in which they carried out missile strikes meant to deter assad from doing the same thing again have not served the function of deterring him. well president also ordered the strikes without first getting approval from congress how have lawmakers been reacting there well it's fairly split down party lines republicans are standing behind the president and supporting his decision democrats are saying that this was a reckless and a legal move that the president should have gone to get authorization from congress before initiating military action. ok that was clear there now i'm going to turn to you how lives at the syrian government has also been speaking on the matter can you sum up wash the ministry spokesman said actually try to go as usual in these situations would seem to go on to have been hit by israel or by the united states those projects strength other strength sometimes i suppose with some of this regard
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to reality so you had the army spokesman saying that about one hundred ten missiles were hit on the various thought gates and that the syrian air defenses have intercepted most of them but somehow it's so the whole projection of these you can propaganda machine is to choice based basically it's either we basically number this is this experience using many composed on a very small a white minority showed that to their base that they are stronger instead so it's all that i keep in of appearances for them they want to appear strong and come across in a powerful position how badly that has a sad military been affected by these strikes would you say. i mean it's very difficult to say because of you know nobody is on the ground that you're not allowed as independent report that to go and check out of what's really happening in damascus without knowing those and and so forth but if they weigh the program
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they sustained by the fact that said no is that these attacks will not hurt his main power to mean security about those and they mean. for example the helicopters of have been dropping barrel bombs all over and and wreaking the destruction that we have seen that remind us of world war two images so this this capacity over that would be destruction on the civilian population and it's not the effect that i think so despite france's hopes that britain's hopes to hamper essentially their chemical capabilities you're saying that maybe they haven't even if they hamper that they can always use butterball. massive cost but bombardment with the help of russia gone but it has been doing most of the heavy lifting sort of to say against the civilian population of syria ok that was how the way since you do with me and richardson in washington
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and the european angle that we're going to cross over to georg taste and brussels garrick britain and france have joined in the military action what exactly was their role mainly sending fighter jets to syria there were four tornadoes british fighter jets coming apparently from the bases naval bases inside bruce and also fighter airplanes coming from france that is what the french defense minister said in the press conference early this morning coming from france but also from the mediterranean the sole air support in first line from both france and britain here now the british prime minister to resign may also made a statement last night she said joint strikes were not about regime change but they were to send a message to the current regime let's have a listen to what she said this persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped
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not just to protect innocent people in syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we cannot allow the erosion of the international norm that prevents the use of these weapons. but she didn't gas approval from parliament why not eric. well she has not asked for the approval and in principle to reason may has the power to act on behalf of the queen and to order such a military strike the real reality however in the past at least as she has seek approval or the prime minister rather has seek that approval for most of the military attacks ever since two thousand and three it is a non-binding constitutional convention that is in place here that other prior let's let other prime ministers to seek approval from the parliament and head of of
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these military a limited military air strikes one has to say a number of lawmakers in the u.k. ask from all parties asked the prime minister to seek that approval she has not done that mainly arguing that time was of the essence and she will give an explanation that is to be expected on monday in the british parliament explanations later and time is of the athens and for her will these strikes receive any support from other nato members do you think for the moment that's out of the question because it's a limited action on less bashar al assad to the syrian leader what again reach for chemical weapons in a conflict at least that was the message that donald trump has sent and that the key allies here in this coalition of the willing france and britain also reiterated they want to send a single clear message to resume
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a saying she had no other choice. before as that with regards to nato it is mainly a defensive alliance and there are so far no no sign however of the nato secretary general stoltenberg supported the attack saying it clearly hampers future capabilities of the regime to make use of chemical weapons air matinees in brussels thank you. i'm now joined by chief political correspondent melinda crane to talk about the german position and then to thank you for coming in now germany has already said that it will not be offering minutes help why exactly is that well the chancellor didn't list her reasons when she made this announcement but it essentially is a long tradition in germany to exercise their deliberate restraint when it comes to military action and that has everything to do with this country's history the
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history of having been a perpetrator of the holocaust the involvement in two world wars is a lesson that for many germans means absolute restraint when it comes to involvement in the military missions and as you'll remember germany did not participate in the iraq war germany actually rarely participates in what are known as out of area missions meaning military missions outside the nato area when germany has participated it has been within a nato context and the chancellor has also been very careful to emphasize over the last couple of days that germany has been involved in syria in other ways for example by providing reconnaissance airplanes and she was also very careful to walk a tight rope of still endeavoring to provide verbal and moral support saying that
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the different western powers absolutely bust be united into sending a message that chemical weapons are are not legitimate so she is going to support it but she is not taking part in this in any way shape or form in military power now what about the risk of international isolation over this issue is that a possibility you know neither britain france nor the u.s. asked germany to protest. pate so it's a little bit different in that regard from the iraq war where germany went out on a limb with its with its refusal to take part here both the foreign minister and the chancellor made it pretty clear there was no request to participate and and the fact is i think all countries are aware of germany's position on this this tradition of restraint and fact frankly german military resources at the moment are
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stretched to their limits anyway so there's not all that much that germany could provide in a material sense but i think that german leaders have been all the more careful to say we absolutely believe there must be a response we're simply not going to be part of the military side of it and that in fact the military side is part of a larger pressure scenario that the germans absolutely support the foreign minister had some very robust messages for russia in that respect that is our chief political correspondent and ukraine thank you very much for joining us in studio. and get some perspective from russia and for that we are joined by our moscow correspondent mia dry storage major ike the big fear has been that such air strikes could trigger a military confrontation between the u.s. and russia what is moscow's response so far. well the official reaction is coming from russia's ambassador to washington and actually i don't
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often see strong a downs the tax undone or sad that the worst expectations have materialized russia russia's warnings fell on deaf ears we are being threatened again and of course so tass that russian news agency reported that the business center of damascus where parliamentary delegation from russia was staying at a hotel that was not hit by the bombay anyway ambassador antonymous sat that such actions will not remain without consequences. exactly does this do for moscow's relations with the west would you say. well on the one hand counting on sat that strikes were twice as large as those trump awarded on a syrian out.

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