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A Requiem for Aleppo

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A Requiem for Aleppo

A requiem for Aleppo
1649 words
10 December 2016
ALARAB
English
© 2016, Al Arabiya, All rights Reserved – Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc.

Hisham Melhem

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.”

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