By Jan Oberg
Unique photos with text from Eastern Aleppo’s liberation, December 11-12, 2016.
Of some of the roughly 100,000 who were finally liberated, of the real humanitarians, the transport between East and Western Aleppo – and of the military, the children, street scenes, a bread queue and the devastation of this once so beautiful, bustling city.
Photos of heart-breaking suffering and sorrow in children’s eyes but also of smiles and hope.
Photos of the fellow human beings who did not fit the general Western political and media narrative since 2011 and therefore got no attention:
– the civilians who suffered for four years from the brutal occupation under Western- and allies-backed terror groups and from the Syrian-Russian military’s defence and liberation of the city.
This is my story.
The photos are genuine, not constructed by a marketing corporation.
This story is about our handling of Syria and its people – yes the lives of 23 million people should be central.
What you see here is the consequences of arms trade, sanctions and ignorant divisions of terribly complex societies into two groups – the good and the evil.
And it is a story about Western de facto support to terrorism since the US started history’s most counterproductive war: the war on terror that has only increased the problem 80 times.
We hate terrorists when they hit us in Europe – understandably.
But we support terrorists when they fight those “we” just don’t like.
Here are some of those – innocent fellow human beings – who pay the price of that cruel way of thinking.
I’m afraid the West has lost it. Are you?