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More bombing won’t end the killing in Syria

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 2524

A US Air Force jet

A US Air Force jet (Pic: Flickr/US Air Force )

Hundreds of people have been killed and whole residential districts destroyed in Aleppo, Syria, in the last two weeks.

Aleppo was Syria’s most populated city before the regime of Bashar Al-Assad moved to crush a revolutionary uprising in 2011.

The bloody killing has escalated since the recent collapse of a ceasefire.

Russian aircraft bombed alongside Syrian government forces last weekend, with waves of air strikes on Aleppo.

M10, one of the city’s main hospitals, was hit. At least four patients were killed and many more were injured.

The hospital had already been hit on Wednesday of last week along with the second-largest hospital in the area.

Doctor Mohammad Abu Rajab said, “This was systematic and direct targeting of this hospital, which was home to paediatric and women’s health specialists.”

More than 300 civilians have been killed in eastern Aleppo in the last three weeks, according to the United Nations.

The US and Britain have condemned the assaults. But how can they do so with a shred of credibility after the relentless brutality of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya?

Not to mention the arms sales and support to Saudi Arabia, which is raining down death on civilians in Yemen.


The horror in Syria is the result of the Assad regime’s counter-revolution—and the intervention of all the squabbling imperialist powers.

The US, Russia and their allies are as terrified of a genuine insurrection from below as Assad is.

The Russians think the best block to real change is to prop up the regime.

The West hopes to replace it with one that will act as their proxy.

Meanwhile the people of Syria are murdered and driven from their homes.

They then face the barbed wire and walls designed to keep them out of “sympathetic” European countries.

What is happening now in Syria shows the barbarity of a ruling class when it sees a threat to its power.

A “no fly” zone against Assad, backed up by the threat of more missiles and bombs, is no solution.

It is a pathway to even greater war. General Joseph Dunford, chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, explained to the Senate Armed Forces Committe what a no fly zone would mean.

“For us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia,” he said.

He was criticised by committee chair John McCain who argued a no-fly zone is possible without war. But Dunford’s thinking is far more likely to be true.

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