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Is America’s airstrike in Syria changing international law?

  In his article, Is Trump’s strike in Syria changing international law?, Jan Lemnitzer underscored two justifications for the use of force (authorisation by the United Nations Security Council or self-defence) under international law that could have legitimized Trump’s airstrike in Syria. The airstrike was carried out without the UN Security Council resolution calling for an armed response, and the attack on Syrian children does not constitute a direct threat to the US or its allies. Thus, neither holds in this case. One thing that constitute a sort of legitimacy for this strike was the overwhelming support it garnered from both parties in the US and its allies abroad; particularly democrats that have sworn to oppose his policies till the end of his term suddenly find a common ground with him (after months of discrediting him that he won the election with the support of Russia) and from abroad – NATO, France, UK, Germany and others who had thought he would align with Putin in Syria because of his campaign rhetoric. Is the strike an act of aggression against foreign country? Jan Lemnitzer, …