Friday, February 06, 2015

They aspire to not being bombed

From the White House 2015 National Security Strategy --

At the same time, we are working with our partners to train and equip a moderate Syrian opposition to provide a counterweight to the terrorists and the brutality of the Assad regime. Yet, the only lasting solution to Syria’s civil war remains political—an inclusive political transition that responds to the legitimate aspirations of all Syrian citizens.

Actual news from Syria on the day the strategy is launched --

(Reuters) Syrian air force strikes killed 82 people in an opposition district outside Damascus following rocket attacks by rebels that hit the government-controlled center of the capital, a monitoring group said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria, said the air force conducted 60 strikes on the Eastern Ghouta district on Thursday and into Friday. Eighteen children and 11 fighters were among the dead, it said.

(Associated Press) BEIRUT – Syrian army helicopters dropped two barrel bombs on a crowded square in a rebel-held neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 25 civilians, activists said Friday. Among the casualties in the attack, which took place on Thursday night, were people sitting on a bus and others coming to the square to collect water, the activists said. The attack came just hours after rebels bombarded the capital, Damascus, killing nine people there Thursday

The White House strategy never addresses how their current approach can be effective when the Assad regime has that kind of impunity. Not surprisingly, the strategy fact sheet doesn't even mention Syria.