War news from Syria

While President Obama and other Western leaders look away from the horror, the terror of Russian and Syrian war crimes in Syria contnues, every day.

It is so “everyday” that many newspapers in the West don’t see these daily atrocities as news.

For the Observer, each taking of a human life in Syria through war crimes and crimes against humanity is news, and will always be news.

The appeasers and the pacists (or hybrid-pacifists) who lead the U.S. and the countries of the European Union are unwilling even to impose strong additional economic sanctions against Russia for its continuing war crimes in Aleppo and Syria.

Their judgment: “That is not the right approach.”

Their approach: Abject appeasement. Regarding the war crimes, today, radio silence.

Just so we don’t forget, we will be reporting on some of the “forgotten” or “missed” stories about what is going on in the air and on the ground in Syria — every day.

The story reported below has been coverd by the press, but many more less egregious cases, every day, get scant attention in the main U.S. media.


(1) Reuters (Beirut), “Airstrike on Syrian village kills 26 people, reports say; The raid, believed to have been carried out by a Syrian or Russian plane, was reported by the Syrian civil defence,” The Guardian, October 27, 2016 (00:16 BST).

“Airstrikes by Syrian or Russian warplanes have killed at least 26 people, most of them schoolchildren, in a village in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, rescue workers and a monitoring group have said.

“Wednesday’s raids hit a residential area and a school in Haas village, the Syrian civil defence rescue workers’ network said on its Facebook account.

“The civil defence network, which operates in rebel-held areas in the country, said 20 of the dead in Wednesday’s attacks were children.

“Photos taken at the scene showed buildings with walls reduced to rubble, including what appeared to be a school with upturned desks and chairs covered in dust.”

(2) Hugh Naylor, “Syrian regime and Russia may have killed more children in latest bombing,”Washington Post, October 26, 2016 (11:16 AM).

(3) Rick Gladstone, “Airstrikes Hit a Syrian School, Killing Dozens,” New York Times, October 26, 2016.

(4) “22 Kinder und sechs Lehrer bei Luftangriff in Syrien getötet” Süddeutsche Zeitung, 27. Oktober 2016 (06:32 Uhr).

“Bei den Kindern handele es sich um Schüler, die Angriffe seien vermutlich von russischen Kampfflugzeugen ausgeführt worden, sagte der Leiter der Beobachtungsstelle, Rami Abdel Rahman. “Dies ist eine Tragödie. Es ist ein Skandal. Und, wenn vorsätzlich, ein Kriegsverbrechen”, sagte Unicef-Direktor Anthony Lake in New York. Der Angriff sei möglicherweise die tödlichste Attacke auf eine Schule seit Beginn des syrischen Bürgerkriegs vor mehr als fünf Jahren.”

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James Rowles
"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.