Participate of the International Solidarity Day with Aleppo and Syria

The agreed “truce” between US and Russia failed categorically and reached its end on September 19th, when the Syrian and Russian aviation resumed the intense air strikes, over Aleppo city more concrete and resoundingly, but also over other neighborhoods in the country, like Hama and some regions of Damasco.

By Gabriel Huland.

 

Since then, over 300 civilians were dead only in Aleppo (number confirmed by the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights), a true massacre, as most of them are disarmed civilians, locked under rubble, with no access to food. Also, the Syrian Army bombes around 20 trucks taking humanitarian help to besieged zones.

The end of the truce, unilaterally broken by the regime of Bashar al-Assad –although his spokesmen deny it-, represents the failure of the US strategy of giving priority to the negotiation with the Syrian regime as a more efficient way to end the conflict. Assad has never shown any disposal, not even weak and limited, to dialogue with the rebel groups. The US and the EU want to “re-stabilize” the country to stop the flux of refugees to Europe, and defeat the Arab Spring.

The Syrian dictator and genocide, supported by Russia and Iran, are willing to take all the way to the end their plan of destroying physically all the groups that call themselves somewhat “opposition” to his government, labeling all of them as “terrorists”. Iran’s public TV network HispanTV used the following headline to inform about the attacks in Aleppo: “Russia and Syria throw 55 bombs against terrorists in Aleppo”.

The massacre in Aleppo is causing a wave of indignation and rage globally, which will translate into a day of demonstrations, concentrations and vigils in different cities of the world to protest against Assad’s bombs and the Russian intervention in the conflict (see link: https://www.facebook.com/events/512889452247582/)

It is a very important initiative of different groups and activists which stand in solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people against one of the most bloody, brutal regimes of the present times.

Uncertainties on Syria’s future

Bashar al-Assad blamed the opposition and the US for breaking the truce. In fact, US jets hit a Syrian air base, killing nearly 60 people, but Washignton’s government quickly retracted and requested formal apologies to Damasco, stating it was a mistake and their pilots had confused it with a base of Daesh (the self called Islamic State).

Russian and Syrian reaction was not to bomb any US base, but to strike demilitarized civilian zones. The cynicism and lack of scruples of Assad and Putin has no boundaries. The Syrian population is paying with blood the obsession of the Syrian dictator for power and the inaction of the world powers in front of a true genocide.

To the opinion of several activists, the air strikes in Aleppo will cause as an immediate consequence the strengthening of the group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (former al-Nusra, Syrian al-Qaeda branch), one of the strongest and more active forces in Aleppo, as the other rebels groups will be forced to gather around it to defend themselves of the ground offensive recently unleashed by the Syrian Army.

The resumed confrontations strongly weakens the political Syrian opposition in the foreigner before the groups acting on the field, as the few legitimacy they had is reduced by demonstrating their total incapacity of negotiating any type of diplomatic agreement to cease, although momentarily, the indiscriminate death of civilians.

To continue the killing, Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah rely on the certainty the US will limit its action to preaching some empty words in international forums and to the media. Barack Obama’s government has become a major expert in giving speeches to the press that have no practical effect later.

During the few “peace” days in Syria, images of joy and happiness arrived from Aleppo, where the population went in masses and peacefully to the streets to celebrate the Eid al-Adha, the lamb party. Unfortunately, that did not last long. Assad has no mercy, he only thinks of staying in power, although the possibility of him defeating the opposition militarily and reunifying the country is more improbable and far away each day.

The International Solidarity Campaign with the Syrian people and its revolution still stands. We must strengthen it, participating of the programmed activities, diffusing the images arriving from the hit cities, and denouncing the war crimes of Assad and his allies.

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Translation: Sofia Ballack.