Whenever there are times of great specific political focus, such as a US Election, always be wary and keep an eye on what else is happening behind the scenes.
This years US Elections is a great example of this, while the World still recovers from the realisation that Trump being elected would not systematically destroy the World within 24 hours a certain HR5732 was passed in the House. Although the act still needs to get passes the Senate and then the President it’s very existence is a little frightening, to say the least.
The act itself seems fairly positive in its purpose at first glance:
To halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, encourage a negotiated political settlement, and hold Syrian human rights abusers accountable for their crimes.
However after further reading, you will see, as we have come to expect from the US, they are attempting to take leadership over a nation they have no rights to assume. The act could lead to a Syria No-fly zone for Syrian and Russian aircraft – which in itself could lead to World War III.
(a) In General.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to the appropriate congressional committee a report that—
(1) assesses the potential effectiveness, risks, and operational requirements of the establishment and maintenance of a no-fly zone over part or all of Syria, including—
(A) the operational and legal requirements for United States and coalition air power to establish a no-fly zone in Syria;
(B) the impact a no-fly zone in Syria would have on humanitarian and counterterrorism efforts in Syria and the surrounding region; and
(C) the potential for force contributions from other countries to establish a no-fly zone in Syria; and
(2) assesses the potential effectiveness, risks, and operational requirements for the establishment of one or more safe zones in Syria for internally displaced persons or for the facilitation of humanitarian assistance, including—
(A) the operational and legal requirements for United States and coalition forces to establish one or more safe zones in Syria;
(B) the impact one or more safe zones in Syria would have on humanitarian and counterterrorism efforts in Syria and the surrounding region; and
(C) the potential for contributions from other countries and vetted non-state actor partners to establish and maintain one or more safe zones in Syria.
(b) Form.—The report required by subsection (a) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may contain a classified annex if necessary.
(c) Definition.—In this section, the term “appropriate congressional committees” means—
(1) the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives; and
(2) the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate.
We will keep you posted with updates on this as and when we have them.