A requiem for #Aleppo

We are witnessing the agonizing slow-motion conquest of Aleppo, Syria’s largest historic urban center and probably the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The eastern part of the city which first resisted the forces of the despot in Damascus is now succumbing to the hordes being unleashed by land and air from Russia and Iran. Aleppo is not being reclaimed by regime forces and certainly is not being liberated by a legitimate force, Aleppo is being conquered after being reduced to pyramids of rubble.

After declaring those resisting them as terrorists and after pursuing a civilian-centric campaign of bombing that destroyed hospitals, schools, markets and bakeries the moment of the kill is at hand. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke for the Assad regime, Iran and all their auxiliary marauders when he said few days ago that Russia’s strategy included “a merciless struggle against terrorists in Syria until their eradication.” To quote Tacitus, describing a plundering empire centuries ago “they ravage, (and) they slaughter. And when in their wake nothing remains but a desert, they call that peace.”

From bad to worse

It is a cruel coincidence that the conquest of Aleppo is taking place in the twilight days of Barack Obama’s era. The American Hamlet whose endless obfuscations on Syria and other international challenges were claimed as wise deliberations did abdicate his responsibilities to deliver on his promises to help Syrian civilians and threats to punish the Assad regime, thus contributing to the demise of Aleppo. It is the misfortune of the Syrians who rose up peacefully against the Assad regime in 2011 that Donald Trump, a man known for his short attention span, willful ignorance and his deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin has been elected president of the United States of America. A consensus has developed among America’s numerous Intelligence Agencies that Russia, through a variety of means, did interfere in the presidential elections by waging a massive disinformation campaign to undermine the legitimacy of the elections, and the Central Intelligence Agency has just concluded that individuals connected with the Russian government have provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including the emails of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. Intelligence sources have told the Washington Post and the New York Times that a principle goal of the massive hacking operation was to boost the chances of the Republican candidate Donald Trump of winning the presidency.

With Obama, the abandonment of those Syrians seeking good governance, political empowerment and respect for human rights was gradual and partial. With Trump, the abandonment will be complete and blunt

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