One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. it survived the Crusades, Nebuchadnezzar, centuries of struggle and empires, but not modern war in 2016. This was always the price the Assad regime put on challenging its rule, going back to his father sacking Hama in 1982. 20,000 dead. And ancient city destroyed. And that’s when the Brotherhood just took over a few government buildings in a few cities.
My only response was tears, for a good five minutes. Thankfully, the good side of our nature is not diminished in any way by our worst. (I read that somewhere recently.)
I think history will record Obama and Kerry were played for fools with the ceasefire by the Russians. Assad was recently recorded laughing as his jeep drove through Daraya, a city his regime pummeled to the ground until it surrendered.
And, not for nothing, as a Sunni, this is visceral for me. (Of course, no one is more barbaric than the Saudis in Yemen as we speak, but that’s almost beside the point.) An ancient city, not dead, but populated, is about to no longer exist.
|New York Times|
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