Friday, January 18, 2013

"We all are thieves"

"It is widely believed in Aleppo that the bread shortage was caused by the FSA stealing flour to sell elsewhere. An FSA officer confirmed as much when I asked him if this had been done by individual fighters or was ordered by commanders to fund their operations. "Both," he said, "including my own brigade." He added, ruefully: "We are all thieves." It was a joke, and his men erupted in laughter, but he meant it seriously, too." (thanks Laure)