"...and in order to maximize

"...and in order to maximize the effect you have to launch them for the cameras at night."

Not true.  Tomahawks are a sub-sonic cruise missile.  Launching at night makes them harder to shoot down.  They have a low radar cross section but can be shot down with AAA.

Is it intended to distract (via national pride) that majority of Americans who didn't want the US to get involved in this affair?

No, it is a low-risk method of removing the SA-6 threat to coalition air ops.

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