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Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Syria | 18 comments

Message from Aleppo: ‘Tomorrow will be too late for us’

East Aleppo, Syria – We are all praying for rain. When it rains, the planes can’t fly and the bombardment stops for a short while. We are hoping that it rains long enough for the powers of the world to do something to help the 150,000 civilians stuck in this small neighbourhood in Aleppo escape the…

  • Shannon Lee

    I’m putting this on Obama. Did he go on early vacation or something? Doing a trump-like thank you tour? has he completely checked out?

  • Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist

    Sharing this. How horrific.

  • dduck

    Aleppo is disgusting. Life is cheap and the world/USA has made it invisible.
    Yemen proves that true too, as the US ignores the wrong for pragmatic reasons.

    • Shannon Lee

      I read that the US has “reduced” it arms sales to SA. Wow, I bet that really made a difference!

      • dduck

        But they still provide in-flight refueling planes, I bet.

  • Slamfu

    The rebels should have, with some UN help, tried to negotiate an armistice and amnesty and maybe some concessions back when IS was still strong as a threat to Assad as well. Russia was never going to let Syria fall, they waited too long, and now they have nothing to bargain with but surrender. So awful.

  • KP

    History will not be kind …

    • Shannon Lee

      and you would think that the western countries this most effects would have some sort of position or… do something! Germany and France…where are you?

      • Robert P. Coutinho

        Germany?!! France?!! Look what happened when we finally DID go into Iraq to get rid of someone who was killing his own citizens!!!

        The US can not solve this problem–only Arab nations could do that. Syria may end its civil war, but toward what? Lots and lots of suicide bombers?

        • Shannon Lee

          Well, it can be argued that the complete an utter lack of any postwar plan is why Iraq turned into what it is today, but I understand your point.

          I am just not a big fan of watching another holocaust. We can easily weaken Assad without killing him and taking over the country. There are simple lines that have to be drawn and then defended….like you know… using chemical weapons and killing millions of people. That kinda stuff is bad.

      • KP

        Agree with your first comment and this one. Even Kerry admitted that he and President Obama now realize that not responding after the Red Line was crossed was a mistake.

        McCain and Graham:

        “It is heartbreaking that we have reached this point—a Syrian conflict that has killed more than 500,000 people, created the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, spawned ISIL’s terrorist army, and forged an unholy alliance between a Syrian dictator, a Russian autocrat, and an Iranian theocrat. It did not have to be this way. But this is the inevitable result of hollow words and inaction, red lines crossed without consequences, tarnished moral influence, ‘leading from behind,’ and a total lack of American leadership.”

        • Shannon Lee

          yep

        • dduck

          Doesn’t the WH gets some points for mostly keeping American boots on the ground and an other possible quagmire?
          Just asking, I am conflicted since I think we should have left more troops in Iraq.

          • KP

            “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.”

            –Voltaire

        • epiphyte

          But this is the inevitable result of hollow words and inaction,

          Which goes to illustrate that even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

          …So now we have Putin and Trump rushing in to fill the void with an even more profound emptiness; a colder, harsher and more ubiquitous moral vacuum than the world has seen in generations.

          And on a related note, I learned today that my daughter has the dubious privilege of being in the last AP European History class to be taught at her high school. Apparently the lessons of history are as lost on our school board as they are on the contemporary world leadership.

          Perhaps someone might at least persuade the Donald to consider for a moment the words of his self-proclaimed idol, George Patton…

          A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”

          • KP

            …So now we have Putin and Trump rushing in to fill the void

            Putin rushed in to fill the void of inaction in western Syria, years ago.

            In eastern Syria, where the Kurds are willing and able to fight, I am thinking the new Administration will re-consider supplying arms directly to the Kurds (rather than through Bhagdad) and give them ample air support in an effort to root out ISIL.

            I am guessing Assad (and Russia) in the west are going to continue to maintain their power for a long time. The country will never be put back together again.

          • dduck

            Yup.

          • epiphyte

            Yes indeed. void is one thing of which there seems to be no shortage, these days 🙁

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