Op-Ed by Afraa Dagher
From the border with Turkey, there is a curse which has yet to leave Aleppo since the beginning of the proxy war with Syria.
It has long been Erdogan’s dream to annex Aleppo for Turkey. Exactly like his predecessor of the Ottoman occupation stole a part of Syrian land known as Iskenderun.
Today, July 9, 2016 was the worst day for Aleppo. The so-called moderate rebels launched their advanced missiles on residential neighborhoods hitting residential buildings and other civilian locations, including an ice cream parlor. This was supposed to be the time for the people to have some small joy after a month of worship and fasting during Ramadan. It is now time for Break-fast Eid, to denote the end of Ramadan. This is a well-known tradition for Muslims and it is supposed to be well-known even to those who pretend to be Muslims such as groups and gangs like Jaish al-Islam, and Ahrar al-Sham, otherwise known as ISIS.
But all this did not prevent those gangs from launching their new and more advanced missiles on places where Syrian children were having their ice cream with their mothers and families. Indeed, most of the victims were women and children with only 50 martyrs and 300 wounded, many of them in critical condition.
Thus U.S. and its allies have announced what the people want to hear but, on the ground, there is a different reality altogether. They pretend to support the Syrian people while they supply the terrorists with advanced weapons so they can exact revenge on innocent civilians. Every time the Syrian Arab Army advances, with heavy losses to its ranks and the blood of its soldiers, we have new “talks” that do nothing but slow the SAA down.
On the other side of the Arab world, the Saudi monarch has no shame in supporting, funding, and shipping wahhabists to murder innocent children celebrating an Islamic holiday.
On Syrian TV, we were able to see a live transmission from Aleppo’s hospitals where there was not enough room for the many wounded. Most of them were forced to lay in the corridors. All of this means nothing to the Western mainstream media, nor for the NGOs.
Interestingly enough, this same media which has acted as a partner for the genocide against Syrians for years, showed footage of a woman with her full hijab and veil, with not a bit of dust on it, saying she survived the “regime bombing.” This media not only ignores the truth, they try to cover it up with their lies. They turn the truth upside down.
These are war crimes! It is genocide!
What else should we call it?
It is not merely a matter of a name, however, it is a matter of basic humanity.
Afraa Dagher is a political analyst currently residing in Syria. She has made numerous media appearances commenting on the current state of affairs inside Syria as well as the nature of the current crisis. She has appeared on RT, PRESS TV, and is a regular guest on Activist Post writer Brandon Turbeville’s Truth on the Tracks radio program. Her website is www.SyrianaAfrona.wordpress.com.