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LAST Thursday, the American Air Force has dropped its heaviest conventional bomb in the history of warfare. The target of it was militarily described as a "tunnel complex" surrounded by mountains in Afghanistan. According to news reports of the Afghan Defence Ministry some 36 suspected Islamic State militants were reported to be killed.

Also known as the "mother of all bombs," the GBU-43 is a 21,600 pound (9,797 kg) GPS-guided munitions and was first tested in March 2003, just days before the start of the Iraq war. However, we mark the dropping of the bomb not only by its sheer size or weight, but also as a clear sign of America's current chaotic non-specific military policy being carried out not only in Afghanistan but also in other parts of the world. For instance - the US fleet steaming on towards the Korean peninsula is another military move - signalling Mr. Trump's aggressive 'might is right' policy'. Most importantly, riddled with internal conflicts over security, diplomatic and military policies the pandemonium taking place inside the White House is now having wide-ranging edgy geopolitical effects globally.  Its continual internal disruptions are also becoming evident in its military campaigns too. 
 
Following the sacking of the security adviser Michael Flynn some nineteen of Donald Trump's White House staff and advisors have been fired or resigned during the month of February alone. This massive exodus from the White House in recent times has exposed a despotic leader cleaning his way out of all possible dissent. Moreover, the observant power struggle between the White House Chief strategist and other administration officials has actually muddied the waters even further. From in the midst of such disarray, we, beside the rest of the world, are scarily witnessing inconsistent and whimsical military strikes that are fast turning Mr. Trump's war of rhetoric into a real life war.  Needs mentioning, diplomacy and military force mutually support each other as instruments of national policy and functions better rather than as separate entities. Given America's fresh spate of military strikes beginning in Syria - it appears similar to his radical isolationist policies - Mr. Trump is also deliberately separating the cohesion and mutual support between the two. Needs be noted, terrorism, militancy or removing of nuclear threats cannot be achieved with rampant bombings and no diplomacy. But bombing in Syria has given President Trump a position of strength to negotiate.

We wish President Trump's success in ending the Syria war. Only way to do this is to remove the ruthless killer Assad.  


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