Tuesday, March 28, 2017: Mosul Iraq, and Raqqa Syria

by ag

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We don’t normally think of what’s happening now in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria as terrorism but the consequences are the same for their residents. Having already suffered under ISIS rule, millions of innocent civilians are now subject to indiscriminate car bombs, mortars, aerial bombardment, and gunfire as attempts are made to retake both cities. Food and water are in short supply, and death tolls are rising in neighborhoods that have been reduced to rubble. Caught between opposing forces, families face the agonizing choice to remain in their homes or flee, knowing that neither option comes with a guarantee.

After reading the accounts below, I’m reminded of that classic quote from Vietnam: “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

Forty years later, is there nothing we’ve learned?

NY Times, March 28, 2017

Washington Post, March 28, 2017

NY Times, March 27, 2017