Tuesday, December 20, 2016


It is a modern tragedy, the slaughter of innocent civilians in Aleppo, Syria.

The killer Putin leading his aircraft in support of the Assad regeim is a horror which will not reflect well on those who stand by and do nothing.

What is especially disturbing to me is the murders of the WHITE HELMETS as they go about saving lives.

Fighting for life in Syria's vicious civil war

“If there is meaning to the word courage,” said a Syrian journalist, “it is represented by the Civil Defense." Also known as the White Helmets, the trained force of 3,000 rescue workers offer Syrian civilians their only hope

The following is a script from “The White Helmets,” which aired on Dec. 18, 2016. Scott Pelley is the correspondent. Nicole Young, producer.
A great city that once held more than two million people is on the edge of surrender after five years of siege and starvation. Aleppo is the center of the rebellion against the Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. And this past week, Assad and his Russian ally, intensified their air strikes against Aleppo’s dense neighborhoods. For civilians, under this bombardment, the greatest fear is to be buried alive -- to suffocate or bleed to death in the rubble of their own home. Their only hope is the Syrian Civil Defense, a self-appointed, all Syrian, volunteer force of rescue workers who call themselves the White Helmets.
The airstrikes, day and night, obliterate apartments and shatter the nerves. Often, the bombs are not aimed at military targets -- they’re not aimed at all -- just a barrel of shrapnel and TNT, heaved from a helicopter, onto any neighborhood the Assad dictatorship does not control.

Rami Jarrah: It’s to terrorize people in this area. It’s to tell these people that, “You’re not welcome here and we want you out.”
Rami Jarrah is a Syrian reporter who’s followed the White Helmets from their makeshift beginnings to today’s trained force of 3,000 rescue workers. 
Rami Jarrah: They provide some sort of security or safety or some sort of hope to civilians that live in this area that even if you are attacked, even if your building comes down, there is someone that’s going to come and save you.

“There’s a 50 percent chance in every operation that I’ll live and 50 percent chance that I’ll die. But in the end, I’ve left my mark. I’ve left children who are going to live and complete our future.”

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