Why Assad Needs To Be Droned Now

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If the first casualty in war is the truth, the second is hospitals, especially childrens’ hospitals. To understand the tragic and chilling wisdom of this saying, one only needs to witness what is happening today in the rebel-held city of Aleppo, Syria. It behoves to compare our own situation with that of the suffering people of Aleppo.

In the United States, we take access to healthcare for granted. Obama’s urgently-needed reforms have now made healthcare affordable to all Americans, which was never previously the case. In essence, our medical needs from birth through to end-of-life are generously paid by the government at no expense to hard-working Americans and their families.

We now turn our gaze to Syria, a country whose name most likely derives from the name of the Neo-Assyrian Empire established in the 10th century BC. The country is therefore old, and has been through many cycles of war and peace. Before President Assad began the civil war, the citizens of Aleppo enjoyed similar world-class medical facilities to those of the United States. With a pre-war population of around 2 million, and 1587 hospitals, Aleppo had one hospital per 1,260 people, which is a generous ratio by any standard.

Due to Vladimir Putin’s policy of targeting women, children and moderates, Russian airstrikes mean that the current population of Aleppo is barely one third of the pre-war level. This level of attrition is clearly a war-crime. The population reduction should have made the ratio of hospitals to people even more favourable due to a lower denominator. This would have been the good news.  Tragically, however, the Russian and Syrian-government forces have succeeded in destroying virtually all medical facilities in the city.

Indeed, by June 2016, only a single childrens’ hospital in Aleppo remained intact. This hospital was finally destroyed in June, before being wiped-out in July, obliterated in August, pummeled in October and destroyed yet again the past weekend. It can only be hoped that exhausted construction workers will once more reconvene at the site of devastation to rebuild the hospital from the ashes.

While US soldiers are under strict instructions to kill only ISIS terrorists, it would seem that President Assad places no such limits on his army. As former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton famously said, can’t we just drone this guy?

MillionDollarBonus_

Great article Pbier. Apologies all – it looks as if the Accredited Times may have been the victim of a Russian cyberattack, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to move the site off wordpress.com. Everything should be up and running soon on the new platform – allowing us to take accredited journalism to the next level!

MillionDollarBonus_

This is a HUMANITARIAN CRISIS! Putin and Assad won’t stop bombing hospitals and schools! Why are they doing this?? What did innocent Syrian moderates ever do to them??

jfb
jfb

I’m working for the State Department and I haven’t digested yet the bombardent & occupation of Palmyra, Kuweires airbase by the Russians as well as well as their bombardents in Der Ezzor. The Russians claim that they are there to fight Al Qaeda in Aleppo but according to our own calculus during that period the Russians only drop 217 bombs on Al Qaeda and 2,845 on the ISIS. This shows that they aren’t honest concerning their real purpose.

Black Lives Matter

What is Aleppo?

It never gets old . . .

MillionDollarBonus_

Yes, that’s part of their attack. I’m working overtime to fix it now – the Accredited Times WILL NOT BE STOPPED!

MillionDollarBonus_

I’ve just managed to get the new site up and running. Moving this article up now. I’ll then start fixing up the theme and comments section. You should be able to access it now – let me know if you have any issues.

Black Lives Matter

This new site format is racist.

The screen should mostly be black instead of white.

Black Lives Matter

How do I put a picture next to my name? The default “white face” triggers me.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Apologies BLM, I’ve reported this hate crime to wordpress.org. It should be fixed now – you can add a custom avatar at gravatar.com which will show up here.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Sorry looks like some of your comments were recorded as my comments – not sure how that happened. Will iron out these issues this week.

WordofLight
WordofLight

I to use to use the excuse that the dog ate my homework or something to that affect. Way to go MDB

Bill Hill
Bill Hill

The photo at the top of the article triggered me. Why all white faces? If this is supposed to be Syria shouldn’t those faces be brown or black? Seems Russian hackers managed to substitute a racist photo in this article. When will the immoral Russian hacking and disinfo stop? Or could it be a Trump disinfo campaign?

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