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Fri Aug 12, 2016, 05:29 AM

 

There be heroes. In a city of two million people there are only 35 doctors remaining

Aleppo.

15 of those remaining doctors wrote a desperate plea for help to President Obama. I am not suggesting that the U.S. should intervene there. What could the U.S. do? But I am no expert and as always I'm conflicted. I can only imagine that U.S. intervention would make things even worse for the desperate people of that city, trying to survive without water or electricity and little food; I just can't see how more bombing from another force would do anything but rain down more death, more destruction, more misery. But what do I really know?

I know this much:

These doctors who have stayed are heroes of unimaginable fortitude. This is a post about honoring them and admiring their sacrifice and their commitment to the people of Aleppo.


Aleppo, Syria, has been besieged, battered, and starved for months. This week, 15 of the remaining 35 doctors in the city are pleading for help.

They wrote to President Obama, asking him to end the bombings by the Russian-backed Syrian air force.

“We do not need tears or sympathy or even prayers, we need action,” wrote the doctors.


Unless a permanent lifeline to Aleppo is opened it will be only a matter of time until we are again surrounded by regime troops, hunger takes hold and hospitals’ supplies run completely dry. Death has seemed increasingly inescapable. We do not need to tell you that the systematic targeting of hospitals by Syrian regime and Russian warplanes is a war crime. We do not need to tell you that they are committing atrocities in Aleppo.  

The Assad regime closed off road access to Aleppo in mid-July, The Christian Science Monitor’s David Iaconangelo reported last month. Not only is the city mostly cut off from supplies, but the regime is also targeting rebel hospitals and medics.

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http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/0811/Last-Aleppo-doctors-plead-with-Obama-for-more-help-What-is-the-US-doing

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Reply There be heroes. In a city of two million people there are only 35 doctors remaining (Original post)
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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Aug 12, 2016, 07:31 AM

1. kick for heroes who aren't swimmers or gymnasts

 

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Aug 12, 2016, 08:50 AM

2. We're helpless

unless we want to get into a shooting war with Russia -- especially now that Turkey is getting squirlly.

This sucks.

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Response to Sgent (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 12, 2016, 08:59 AM

3. It does indeed. But those docs are heroic. Most doctors fled- not that I blame them for a second.

 

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Aug 12, 2016, 10:13 AM

4. I wonder what Aleppo's actual population is.

It was 2.3 million in 2005. Pre-refugee exodus.

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Response to Igel (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 12, 2016, 10:24 AM

5. I keep reading 2 million, but I don't know where those numbers come from

 

Even if it's 1.5 million, those doctors are amazing people.

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