Aleppo & Homs, A Tale of 2 Cities

Aleppo and Homs, he largest and third largest cities in Syria have been severely impacted over the last 6 years by the ongoing war. The destruction is horrific.   Finally, however, there is peace in which to think about rebuilding.   The opportunity exists to look around and evaluate the damage, and to begin to  think about rebuilding.    Below I have posted 2 very different short videos where the people who live in these cities explain what happened to them, and what activity is currently going on there.   Has restoration begun?  What will it entail?  When, if ever, do people plan on returning to these devastated areas?

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Americans at War

Donald  Trump moved ahead last night to bomb Syrian government facilities in retribution for an unproven claim, and event not yet investigated, with no grounded information, no warning and no discussion.    He has taken his place on the tip of the spear of the war machine.    But make no mistake, Mr. Trump pulled the trigger but he didn’t aim the gun.

Hillary Clinton ran on a bigger version of this same scenario.   The war machine has been geared up on invading Syria for years.  It is so frustrating to watch the proxies muck around.   And please be aware that, whatever you may read, the Russians and Chinese are taking this action very seriously.   However, unlike our own government, they don’t act without intelligence, consideration and a plan.

If you think this is about a chemical gas attack, then please read Ray McGovern’s prescient article, The Sarin ‘False Flag’ Lesson, from last December.   Apparently, we didn’t get it.

So what can we do?

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Reconciliation for Aleppo?

A little bird just whispered in my ear that the Syrian Government is in the final stages of securing a Reconciliation plan for East Aleppo.

There are a few details to be resolved, but it appears that fighters who wish to continue fighting will be bused out of town, and civilians allowed to leave in safety so that the field will be clear for a final battle with foreigners and those determined to stand to the end.

Apparently there is also a deal on the table in the UN Security Council to rescue the foreign fighters of Al Nusra/Al Qaeda/Fatah Al Sham -.

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Syria: The US Peace Council Delegation

Greetings from Damascus.    We had some great meetings so far this week.    SANA News has been following us everywhere and reporting on our meetings daily.   The show of solidarity means a lot to them.   On Monday we met with the ministers of Health an Reconciliation.   Ali Haidar is a very interesting person.   His party is the Syrian Socialist National Party (SSNP).  They were leaders in the peaceful resistance before the violence began.     He has very interesting methods in his current position.   We had him to dinner this evening.  He never had a chance to eat but he gave a very interesting history of the political context in Syria.   More on all this later.

We have met with Members of the government,  the Chairman of the Lawyers Syndicate, the President of Damascus University and some members of the Damascus Chamber of Industry.   The members of the government and the others all have the same message:  The sanctions are harming the people of Syria and Syrian society.     There are specific sanctions on medical supplies and oil infrastructure as well as the general sanctions that have made international bank transactions impossible  and have severely depreciated the value of the Syrian Lb.   There is only  a political solution to the war but it must be an internal political solution.   The objective of the government is to  expel the foreign terrorists and make a reconciliation with those Syrian nationals who are currently disaffected and fighting their country.   The United States could assist in this process by ceasing to arm and provide resources to the mercenaries engaged in the war, and restrain their allies to the same policy.

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