The World Cries as the People of Aleppo Die

And yet, is the world really crying as the people of Aleppo die? That might be a bit of an exaggeration since many, especially here in the United States, do not even know anything about Aleppo. If one does know, fully comprehending the situation becomes compounded due to the deliverance of the truth. However, how do you deny the truth in the pictures below?

On one hand, mainstream media (MSM) portrays one version of Aleppo’s story, which blames the dire situation mostly on the Syrian government and Russia’s refusal to participate in a ceasefire in order to come to a reasonable true. Conspiracy theorists (journalists with opinions/truthseekers/individuals who question authority) claim to have unveiled the truth, portray the opposite. It is entirely understandable why the general public finds it difficult to wholly discern the details about a civil war that seems to involve so many players and moving parts.

It has become increasingly difficult to find unbiased reporting since it seems that the majority of journalists are unable to refrain from inserting their opinion into their work. If you want to present investigative articles to the public, then you have to scrutinize both sides. If you are truly seeking the truth, then it seems only fair to do so. With that said, let’s examine some important facets of Syria and how they relate to the Syrian war.

Resources

One significant resource is oil. As of January 2013, Syria possessed nearly 2.5 million barrels of crude oil—most of which has since been confiscated by Islamic State. Even though production has slightly declined as a result of airstrikes and other disruptions to its extraction, ISIS still earns a hefty profit from selling the oil to Iraqi and Syrian buyers.

It is important to keep in mind that as of present time, Russia is the sole international entity working with Syria to develop its oil and gas resources. It has a lot to gain by backing the Syrian government in its mission to retake the lost territory in Syria. Taking Syria back from terrorist invaders and the opposition would certainly prove even more profitable for Russia.

In an interview, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has gone on record to state “From a purely economic perspective, there are several agreements between Syria and Russia for various goods and materials. As for a loan from Russia, this should be viewed as beneficial to both parties; for Russia, it is an opportunity for its national industries and companies to expand into new markets.”

White Helmets

The White Helmets have been portrayed as heroes to those in eastern Aleppo. However, disturbing footage of a man being punched by another wearing a white helmet, along with information that these “heroes” may not be exactly who they seem to be, has surfaced and come into the public eye. According to Vanessa Beeley and others, their work is purely media propaganda. The real heroes are the Fire Brigades and the REAL Civil Defense forces that have been working in Syria since 1953.

You can check out more about them in the video below. It’s long but worth the watch.

U.S. Involvement

The U.S. government has been working on a treaty with the UN Security Council in an attempt to bring peace to Aleppo and the rest of Syria. The effectiveness of the U.S.-led coalition has been called into question after Assad allegedly committed several war crimes, including the use of chemical weapons on his own people, yet the U.S. did nothing about it.

Some journalists and officials insist the U.S. is providing aid to terrorist organizations, like the White Helmets, to create a “shadow state” within Syria. Last week, the U.S. government was accused by Bashar al Ja’afari of bombing two bridges in Deir Ezzor along the Euphrates River. Really, this should not come as a surprise because the U.S. government has a history of working both sides of the fence.

Even though some leaders pushed for military involvement in Syria, it should be stated that many experts strongly disapproved and warned against the U.S. getting involved with the issues in Syria. In May 2014, Ryan Crocker, a former U.S. ambassador, advised against U.S. military intervention, instead suggesting that the U.S. should focus on supporting Syrian refugees and supporting its allies.

“No reasonable intervention by us will make things better and we could make it worse,” Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador

Crocker also had this to say, “those advocating military intervention underestimate the extent to which this is an existential struggle for Syria’s Alawite community and other minorities within the country.” As an example, he used the 1982 Hama massacre, when Bashar’s father, Hafez, bombarded the city to exterminate the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and in the process killed 15,000 civilians.

“This regime has been preparing for what is unfolding now for the last three decades,” Crocker said. After Hama, “they knew a day of reckoning would come. … Americans barely remember Hama but no Sunni or Alawite will ever forget it.”

Even though the U.S. has allegedly not been in direct combat in Syria, it has provided training, money, intelligence, and other support to rebel factions, which was known from the beginning. It was not something hidden from the public.

Additionally, it is being reported allegedly the opposition either no longer exists or its numbers have drastically declined. If the opposition exists, then it is in small numbers and because Islamic State allows it to exist.

Ceasefire

Twice a ceasefire has been implemented. Ceasefires that were never fully honored by either side and definitely were not adhered to by Islamic State. Russia blames the U.S. for the collapse of the second ceasefire and also for the attack on the aid convoy that occurred days later, alleging a U.S. drone “was in the vicinity of the humanitarian aid convoy that was hit by the airstrike.”

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has indicated Russia wants to pursue “a very thorough investigation into a strike on an aid convoy in Aleppo.” He proceeded on to criticize the U.S. for not controlling the opposition as the group continued to violate the peace treaty, rendering it “senseless” for Damascus to stick to the agreement.

The U.S.-led coalition unintentionally struck the Syrian regime with air strikes, killing at least 62 soldiers belonging to the regime. The U.S. maintains it was an accident while Russia accused the government of targeting the regime’s location intentionally.

Russian Involvement

Let’s examine the other major player: Russia. The picture painted by MSM is one of Russia backing an oppressive totalitarian leader who severely punishes those who oppose him.

On Saturday, the U.N. Security Council voted on two rival resolutions, one drafted by Russia for a ceasefire, and the other by France to end aerial bombing. Russia vetoed the draft submitted by France. Some ambassadors blame Russia for its failure since Russia was the only country to veto the French draft.

“It’s a sham. Just as Russia’s hollow commitment to a political process in Syria is a sham. The indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Aleppo is sickening and barbaric. Please stop now.” Matthew Rycroft, Britain’s ambassador to the UN

In response, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin said, “the UK should stop supporting all the villains across the world, including terrorists.”

“Stop interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states. Stop your colonial habits. Leave the world in peace and then, maybe, things will improve in many areas and regions of the world.” Vitaly Churkin

According to Al Jazeera, the truce demanded an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s second largest city, and for a truce along with humanitarian aid access throughout the country. The Russian draft also failed to pass.

Russia was recently accused of “barbarism” by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, accused because its government continues to support President Bashar al-Assad. As it stands, sanctions were proposed after Russia was accused of war crimes, against 275,000 citizens of Aleppo, at a United Nations security meeting.

Russia and Syria continue to relentlessly bomb and attack opposition-held regions of Aleppo, killing civilians and several humanitarian aid workers attempting to deliver essential resources to individuals located in besieged regions of Aleppo. Russia and Syria do not differentiate between al Nusra Front and opposition members, claiming all are terrorists.

Officials met to demand Russia stop attacking Aleppo with the Syrian government. President Vladimir Putin refused to halt the fierce bombing of the opposition and innocent civilians, including children and humanitarian aid workers, in Aleppo.

Secretary of State John Kerry in a secretly recorded meeting stated, “Russians don’t care about international law.” That’s the elephant in the room, isn’t it? The one thing many refuse to address: Russian President Vladimir Putin knows his country can do pretty much what it wants and there is nothing the U.S., U.K. or any other country can/will do about it.

For these war crimes, punishment is being called for by several officials, including François Delattre, French Ambassador to the United Nations, remarked to the press, “Yes, we believe war crimes are being committed in Aleppo, especially, as the Secretary-General said, with the use of incendiary weapons and advanced munitions in populated areas. These are constitutive of war crimes. They must not be unpunished. Impunity is simply not an option in Syria.”

Yet, war crimes, like killing civilians, by Russia almost always go unpunished. The same could be said for crimes committed by the U.S. government.

It might be interesting to point out that Russia has had its fair share of “interfering” in other countries’ affairs, such as in the Ukraine—a country many Russians see as belonging to Russia. Of course, many Ukrainians beg to differ. Churkin stated, “Stop interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states.” It’s clearly a case of “Do as I say, and not as I do.”

Russia invaded Georiga in 2008 and pressured Ukraine to cancel military exercise with the United States and other NATO countries in 2009 to 2010. At the beginning of Russia’s interference in Ukraine, Putin regularly denied any direct involvement but this simply was not the truth.

Even after the annexation of Crimea, leading up to today, Russia is still “interfering” in Ukraine, labeling anything they do not like as “terrorism.” It sounds like something the Syrian government would say.

Syrian Government

Speaking of the Syrian government, several days prior to the attack on a humanitarian aid convoy that left at least 12 aid people dead, Assad was accused of delaying aid and violating the ceasefire following a brokered agreement between Russia and the U.S. This claim was denied by the Syrian government and there were conflicting reports over the facts behind this claim since some groups were able to get in without any issues.

Churkin accused the U.S. and its allies of “hindering humanitarian efforts by continuing to support elements of the Syrian resistance,” blaming the collapse of the ceasefire on the U.S.

“Russia targets hospitals in Aleppo destroying them in search of the final field solution.”

The most recent attacks on opposition-held Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as of Sunday, Oct. 10, regime forces have continued pushing forward and engaging in clashes. Hundreds of individuals have been killed in recent weeks.

MSM alleges Russia is targeting “the way of people’s life,” by striking hospitals in eastern Aleppo, damaging them with intense bombing carried out by Russian and al-Assad’s warplanes and helicopters. The right’s group alleges Russia is attempting to force residents into a solution or to leave by way of military action.

However, Vanessa Beeley discounts this storyline about Syria entirely, stating doctors from western Aleppo have been paid by Assad and sent into eastern Aleppo to care for civilians and opposition forces. In fact, Beeley claims everything written about Syria by the U.S. media completely wrong. She is not the only one to report hundreds of doctors on hand in eastern Aleppo and are registered with the Aleppo Medical Association.

Many would disagree, even though she has been on the ground in Aleppo and spoken with many people in Syria. The reasoning is that individuals, like Syrian U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari, are most likely bought and paid for by the Syrian government.

It is probably safe to assume if the U.S. government is corrupt, then so is the Syrian government. If you have considered everything that has happened under Assad—and even before him—then his government is corrupt. Even though Beeley states she is not a supporter of Assad, her consistent defense of him seems to suggest two things: Either she is a supporter or she doesn’t see the entire truth.

Differing Viewpoints

Sure, Syrians have given journalists like Beeley their stories but other Syrians report being afraid to say the wrong thing for fear of being thrown in prison. Other Syrians report being thrown in jail for simply being suspected of not supporting Assad. Others report fleeing the country in fear of the Syrian regime.

Do these Syrians and their stories not matter because they are different from stories telling the tale of protection provided by Assad? Every Syrian has a different point of view when it comes to the chaos happening within their country. Not every story or opinion will be exactly the same.

Something to keep in mind is when you’ve barely scratched the surface of the driving factors of a civil war—you can almost certainly believe it’s about something deeper than what the media ever reports. Even the most driven journalists get lost in the story and are sometimes wrong. The top reason for war is going to almost always be about power, greed, or resources. Will this conversation and war soon be over? Probably not, it seems that Syria has a long way to go.

As it currently stands, the Syrian regime and Russia continue to bombard the region with aerial and ground attacks, with a plan to retake the entire city of Aleppo, which will put them in a better position to retake the country.

Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria in March 2011, it has been estimated that between 250,000 to 470,000 families and children have lost their lives amidst the fighting and air strikes. Millions of others have been displaced and forced to flee.


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