According to the Russian Defense Ministry, mass graves with dozens of bodies of tortured civilians have been discovered in Aleppo. The civilians were, the Russians say, tortured and executed by the “rebels” who were recently purged from the city.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov says that most bodies had a gunshot wound to the head. He goes on:
The completion of a uniquely large-scale humanitarian operation by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Aleppo will destroy many of the myths that have been fed to the world by Western politicians. The results of only an initial survey of Aleppo neighborhoods abandoned by the so-called ‘opposition’ will shock many.
And that’s not all. According to Moscow, the “militants” placed mines everywhere and even booby-trapped children’s toys. On top of that, they used schools as control centers, thereby basically forcing the Syrian army and their Russian allies to bomb the buildings, after which the rebels once again cried foul over Russia’s “terrible crimes against humanity.”
Or so the Russians say.
It once again proves that there are no good options in the Middle East. Russia and the Syrian army have clearly committed crimes against humanity: Aleppo is a slaughter. But that does not mean that “Syrian rebels” are much better. In fact, if we only believe 10% of what the Russians tell us, it’s clear they’re not.
There are only two objectives Europe and the United States can hope to achieve in Syria (and in the wider Middle East): limiting Russia’s growing influence in the region and taking out (or severely weakening) radical Islamic terror groups. We can’t spread “freedom and democracy.” We can only hope to destroy (or weaken) our enemies and protect our interests. That is all.