Some heartening scenes from today’s Syria. Eva Bartlett is one of the few Western journalists who has made repeated visits to Syria over the past few years. Her reports are based on her first-hand experiences and her conversations and interviews with Syrian people.
As charming as these scenes are, I’ve had many tell me over the years, including recently, that holidays are tainted with massive sadness for those martyred and maimed by terrorists and in the fight against terrorism and to restore peace to Syria.
I always feel the need to note that these street scenes of tranquility would be impossible without the sacrifices of the Syrian army and allies, and that until the liberation last year of eastern Ghouta, and Yarmouk and surrounding areas, these streets were being constantly targeted by terrorist mortars and missiles, amounting to *at least* 10,000 civilians murdered in Damascus area alone, although I’ve heard higher estimates.
–US-Backed Terrorism in Syria: A First-Hand Account of the Use of Mortars Against Civilians (September 2014)
–University Hospital, Damascus: Meeting Victims of Western-backed Mortar and Rocket Terrorism (February 2015)
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10 thoughts on “Beautiful Damascus streets, filmed over the days of Eid”
Did you have any pistachio ice cream?
Beautiful scenes indeed, Tish. Whilst firstly claiming considerable (and shameful) ignorance of all the facts, I have to observe that, with the obvious exception of IS, it is hard to tell who the terrorists are in Syria. So many victims.
Indeed, so many victims, Mike. And so many nations responsible.
Thoughtful of you to post this, Tish. Courageous of Eva Bartlett to document this. We can hope for a cessation of hostilities soon. At least that? Sarah
Yes, we need lots of hope, Sarah.
It’s insane, isn’t it, Tish? And I carry on, with my head safely in the sand.
Lots of insanity going on, Jo. Much of it on home shores at the moment.
Will these hostilities ever cease?
Well we know who to ask.