Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hugh Naylor of the Washington Post on the Syrian rebel "major counteroffensive" : how murder of civilians in West Aleppo is justified

Look how Hugh Naylor describes the Syrian rebel counterattack: "On Friday came the counterpunch: The rebels launched an apparent last-ditch effort to end the government’s siege."  In reality, the "counterpunch" was basically a combination of car bombs, Suicidal AND Inghimasi attackers, plus Grad missile indiscriminate attacks on West Aleppo plus attacks on Syrian regime and Russian forces targets.   But Naylor is not done: here, he provides justification for the murder of Syrian civilians in West Aleppo: "The rebels fired artillery indiscriminately at government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo, bringing a surge in violence to relatively calm areas. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict, said the shelling killed 15 people and wounded more than 100 in western Aleppo."  Government-held neighborhoods? Why not say: government held babies and government held hospitals and government held schools.  Can you imagine the uproar if a Western reporter where to refer to the Syrian regime bombing of East Aleppo as "shelling of Syrian rebel-held neighborhoods".