Marc Semo, “Alep-est livrée aux bombardements russo-syriens, dans l’indifférence des Occidentaux; La transition engagée aux Etats-Unis et les élections à venir dans plusieurs pays européens, dont la France, compliquent la donne pour la rébellion syrienne,” Le Monde, le 21 Novembre 2016 (Mis à jour le 22.11.2016 à 07h51).
Aleppo. The city of slaughter. The slaughter the United States and Europe decided not to stop.
They had the means.
But not the will.
Earlier, the loss of a half a million lives in Syria, and counting, might have been slowed or halted with a relatively minor use of force. Before the Russians, having witnessed three years of faltering responses by America and its allies, decided to intervene directly with its own military forces.
At every step of the way, despite limited support to the moderate rebels, the U.S. stepped aside, as Bashar al-Assad continued the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity against his own people.
Russia, already complicit through its active support in the commission of these crimes, joined Iran and Hesbollah in the battle to save the Syrian regime, directly committing war crimes in Aleppo and elewhere in Syria.
Barack Obama, whose dual legacies may turn out to be Donald Trump, on the one hand, and Aleppo and the craven foreign policy it symbolizes, on the other, has now retreated from the world stage.
Even if he doesn’t yet understand this fact.
In his last days in office, he continues to direct words at the world’s problems, when it was always the case that words without actions to back them up are meaningless.
Soon he will pass from the scene, and even his words will receive less and less attention from the press.
His foreign policy has left the world in a terrible state.
And the symbol of all of that is Aleppo. Alep. An ancient city he was willing to see destroyed.
Upsetting the moral order of the universe.
Upsetting the political balance in European countries, which have had to deal with an overwhelming influx of refugees from Syria, and other asylum seekers.
Upsetting the political order in Europe. The EU. NATO.
Aleppo. The shame of the world.
And a wrenching epitaph for the failed foreign policy of Barack Obama.
The Trenchant Observer