From around the blogosphere:
Today in Stockholm a man drove a stolen beer truck into a crowd, killed three, and crashed it into a department store. Terrorism is suspected. The New York Times.
(Jonathan Nackstrand/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
This seems to make last week’s piece from The Conversation on the violent strategy of vehicle-ramming, written in response to the London attack, increasingly relevant.
Of course, this has been overshadowed in the news by the significant shift in U.S. Syria policy late last night, when President Donald Trump order an attack of 59 tomahawk missiles on an airbase in Syria—reportedly the same base from which Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack was carried out. The New York Times. The mood of most security experts and pundits—taking my twitter feed as representative—seemed to be general support for the attacks mixed with a great deal of nervousness about what comes next.
(Doug Mills/The New York Times)
In response to the strikes, Russia has suspended the “deconfliction” channel with the United States, which has been in place since 2015 to help prevent unintended confrontation between the American and Russian militaries. The Washington Post.
Daniel Byman, who advocated a harsher stance against the Assad regime at the Syrian civil war’s outset, explains why he has mixed feelings about last night’s missile attack. Lawfare.
In the editorial pages of today’s New York Times, President Obama’s Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken offered the Trump team advice on where to go from here—why “smart diplomacy” is needed and what it entails.
The missile strikes happened late last night and quickly took over newsfeeds, so it was easy to forget how news-filled the day had been…
Other news from this week not to forget about as the missile strikes dominate headlines:
Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council on Wednesday. This event has been cast in a broader narrative of the falling fortune of Bannon and the rise in influence of Jared Kushner within the White House. The New York Times.
A controversial law that would threaten the continued operation of the Central European University in Budapest was passed. Gabor Simonovits and Jan Zilinsky contributed to The Monkey Cage on the possible goals of Orban and Fidesz in going after CEU.
There was a terrorist attack on the St. Petersburg metro system on Monday. CNN. Many cities have taken to lighting up their landmarks or prominent buildings in the colors of a country’s flag after it suffer a terrorist attack. A common observation was that this courtesy was widely denied to Russia this week. The Washington Post.