I’m not an authority on Syria. Just have good friends there. And am a long time observer. In the process I recorded by date relating to specific battles the progress over time.
Not for the entire 4 + years I’ve been following this but for over 2.
I still feel strongly that this must eventually be understood by the world. The region has that much impact on the world. (contrary to what some here think) But that depends upon your perspective of the interaction of Christians, Jews and Muslims in the region.
Of course it has much impact on the world.
It involves a Russian puppet regime, a NATO ally (God help us), the remains of ISIS, Iran, our own people on the ground, etc.
From the linked article, the local rebels claim they don’t have the capability to launch an artillery based chem attack. I don’t think I’d believe ANY of these parties, including the Russians.
What is your take?
I feel guilty for not wrestling more with the literal, actual human cost of this ordeal. It’s so easy to philosophize and intellectualize war from a policy standpoint while not grappling with the lives actually lost and wasted, and those traumatized for years to come...I remember watching a Food Network special take place in Damascus years back - it looked like such an intriguing and colorful place with an ancient spirit. Very hospitable people.