At least five people are dead and many more injured after a terror attack that saw a hijacked lorry plough into pedestrians outside a Stockholm department store.
At least five people are reported dead and many more injured after a terror attack that saw a hijacked lorry plough into pedestrians outside a Stockholm department store. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said it appeared the crash was “a terror attack” and the country’s intelligence service said there was “a large number of injured.”
This is happening with altogether too-great frequency!
Meanwhile, as a friend of mine has put it, “let’s destabilise one of the last remaining secular states in the Middle East , and bring them clapping hands into this wonderful Arab spring that we’ve created. Assad might be a bastard but do we really want more and more of this?” The reference is to last night’s Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian base, in supposed “retaliation” for a “chemical weapons attack” that left a number of Syrian citizens dead.
Although the mainstream media – and politicians – are blaming the Syrian government for using chemical weapons on their own people, an article I posted earlier points out that the Syrian gov’t asserts that they were attacking a rebel weapons depot with conventional weapons, and the attack released chemical weapons stored there by the rebels themselves. There are, in any case, a lot of questions, and I greatly fear we jerked our trigger in this instance.
We have certainly managed to provoke the Russians, with whom many of us had hoped a Trump administration would be better friends – or at least, refrain from viewing them as automatic and necessary adversaries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the missile attack “an ‘illegal act of aggression’ and also ripped up an agreement to avoid mid-air clashes between Russian and US fighter jets over Syria,” according to this article, and diverted a warship – one of the Russian Federation’s newest frigates, the Admiral Grigorovich – to protect the Syrian coast and vowed to bolster Bashar al-Assad’s missile defences against further US strikes.
Not exactly promising developments.
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