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Friday, December 20, 2013

Abandoned by World, Aleppo faces 7th day of Bombing

A Message from Friday Protest in Kafranbel to International Community | 20 Dec 2013

Two representatives form Kafranbel will be speaking in Los Angeles this weekend. See Kafranbel is coming to LA - Meet the Revolutionaries for details.

There is no terror like that which falls from the sky. This is something Americans were quick to overlook while their planes rained down death on Vietnam and their news papers screamed about "Viet Cong Terrorism." They are overlooking it again today, in Syria, instead choosing to focus on a handful or religious fanatics waging a sectarian war because obviously bringing religion into war is completely un-American.

Aleppo has been subjected to continuous bombing by Bashar al-Assad's war planes every day this week, six days straight, and will likely face another pounding tomorrow. The carnage I wrote of on Monday, that took the lives of 28 children and a large number of adults on Sunday was only the beginning of this most recent "Death from Above" campaign. Seeing how little protest the people of the world have had to offer, Assad has felt free to continue his campaign, and so he has.

This is not civil war, this is simply murder.

In spite of that, you can be sure that plaster falling from the ceiling of a London Theatre will receive more coverage than bombs falling on an Aleppo hospital. Such is the bankruptcy of our modern world.

And so I must post another blog and do what the well heeled US media refuses to do, report the news.

Al Jazeera had this report yesterday:
Regime air strikes pound Aleppo for fifth day
Doctors Without Borders says bombardment has killed about 190 people in northern Syrian city since December 15.

Syrian warplanes have bombed northern Aleppo for a fifth consecutive day, with opposition activists alleging that government forces dropped barrel bombs - barrels filled with explosives dropped from helicopters - on the city and several nearby villages.

The attacks on Thursday killed at least 11 people in two villages, among them four women and two children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"I think it is trying to make the population turn against the rebels, so that the people themselves expel the fighters," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Observatory, said.

One Syrian security source denied that barrel bombs were used, but another said the Syrian military prefers such weapons over missiles because they are cheaper, according to the AFP news agency.

In a statement on Wednesday evening, Doctors Without Borders said that government air strikes had killed at least 189 people and injured 879 others in Aleppo since December 15.

The US this week drafted a UN Security Council statement condemning the government's increasing military offensive on Aleppo, but the proposed text was blocked by Russia, diplomats said.

Russia, the Syrian government's main ally, wanted all references to the regime stripped from the statement so the US decided to drop it, according to diplomats at the UN. More...
As with the numerous sarin gas attacks that have ravaged Syria in the past year, Russia demands that the world body not say who is responsible for this carnage. They want the UN to say they have no idea who's aircraft are dropping these bombs. The problem here is that only one side in this conflict has an air force. So it will be interesting to see how Sy Hersh, Robert Fisk and the other "Reporters following Orders" use their weasel words to create doubt about Assad's responsibility for this latest slaughter.

Morning Bombing by Assad's Thugs on The Town of Al-Baab | 20 Dec 2013

“Oh Allah we have only you” Aleppo al-Bab Road | 17 Dec 2013

As in the Vietnam War, "Death from Above" is a daily occurrence in Syria | 20 Dec 2013

The ICRC has issued this news release today:
Syria: All parties must end attacks against civilians

Damascus/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is alarmed by the number of civilian casualties reported in Aleppo in recent days. The organization is calling on all parties to comply with the rules of international humanitarian law.

"Over one-hundred civilians have been killed in markets, a bus station and elsewhere in densely populated areas," said Magne Barth, head of the ICRC delegation in Syria. "Local hospitals already struggling to make do with limited supplies of medicines have been overwhelmed by the influx of casualties since last Sunday." More...
Assad's war planes attack Sekkari in Aleppo today | 20 Dec 2013

The BBC is reporting:
Aleppo strikes 'overwhelm' hospitals

17 December 2013
MSF called on all parties in the conflict to stop targeting civilian infrastructure
Hospitals in the Syrian city of Aleppo have been overwhelmed with casualties after a wave of air strikes which killed more than 100 people in recent days, Medecins Sans Frontieres says.

Indiscriminate and sustained attacks by government aircraft had caused significant damage in areas populated by civilians, the organisation warned.

Bodies are being lined up in front of hospitals for collection by relatives.

On Tuesday, warplanes stepped up their air strikes on rebel-held districts.

Eighteen people, including two children, were killed in the Shaar and Maadi areas, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group.

On Sunday, 76 people, including 28 children, died when barrel bombs were dropped on three eastern areas, the group said. More...
Barrel Bomb attack on Aleppo District of Sukkari | 19 Dec 2013

Local people dig dead victims out from under the rubble in Aleppo Province | 19 Dec 2013

A strike just before Friday prayers | 20 Dec 2013

Smoke billows from yet another barrel bomb attack in Aleppo province | 20 Dec 2013

Syrian warplanes dropped barrel bombs on the Anadan area of Aleppo | 20 Dec 2013

Assad Bombs on Homes Kills More Innocent Children in Minbaj, Aleppo | 19 Dec 2013

Colateral Dammage from Aleppo Massacres | 20 Dec 2013

Not only is this a crime against humanity, it is a blood-guilt for the US and every people that could do something about it, but doesn't. The examples of the US refusal to bomb the rail lines and crematoriums of Auschwitz, or its silence as Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurds, come to mind. The shame this time is that the "Left" took to the streets and joined with some of the worst right-wing elements to demand that Assad's carnage not be interrupted. Absolutely despicable!

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