Some hard questions about the US airstrikes on Syria,

The airstrikes against Syria conducted by the United States, Britain and France on Friday for the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government may not signal a full invasion like the Iraq War in 2003, but the situation bears much resemblance. […]

Then there is the question of legality. No major US news outlet has asked whether the airstrikes are even legal under international law or whether they constitute a violation of the UN Charter. Many countries at the emergency session on Saturday clearly believe that they do.

In fact, the presence of 2,000 US troops in Syria is also illegal under international law and the UN Charter because the sovereign Syrian government has never authorized it. So when US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the US would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished, she was literally saying that the US will continue to ignore international law and occupy Syrian territory.

It is hypocritical for the US, Britain and France to pretend that they still care about the UN process or the OPCW investigation. In launching the airstrikes by bypassing the UN, they set a bad precedent that big powers don’t have to abide by international laws. Läs artikel