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PostWill Missile Strike Against Assad Lead to Escalation? (John Heelan, UK, 04/09/17 3:03 pm)
JE asked on 9 April: "Will [the missile strike on Assad] lead to an escalation, especially between the US and the Russia-Iran axis?"
I suggest that what we are seeing is the equivalent of faux-belligerent chest-bumping (aka sabre-rattling) between bullies in the geopolitical playground, none of whom has any intention of taking things further (except perhaps the "North Korean Nutter"), because each is scared of Mutually Assured Destruction.
JE comments: I wonder if the Chinese are even angrier at Trump than the Russians are, given that the strike completely upstaged President Xi Jinping's visit to Trump's Florida estate.