Meanwhile, In Aleppo

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Some of the 124 before and after photos released by Aleppo’s Olympia Restaurant showing the devastation of a once beautiful Syrian city by four years of bombing, looting and the destruction of historic monuments.

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39 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Aleppo

      1. Starina

        I feel really sorry for the Syrian refugees trying to make a new life — and recover from PTSD — in Turkey now. The war is following them.

  1. Fully Keen

    Bombs are made and have to be used. Thankfully it’s not in real holiday destinations, thankfully.

  2. Kolmo

    Horrifically sad and pointless destruction, all for competing gas pipeline routes…criminal.

  3. Friscondo

    Syria was deliberately destabilised and destroyed as a functioning unitary state. Europe is getting the blowback.

  4. Tish Mahorey

    If you still think this war began solely inside Syria to challenge al-Assad, you’re mistaken.

    The Syrian war was stoked by outside influences like most civil wars in order to change the power structure to allow multi-nationals access to control natural resources and pipeline routes and other strategic infrastructure.

    The US and Russia are essentially fighting a proxy WW3 here to control the area. A handy side-effect is the undermining of Europe and the weakening of the EU itself.

    Ireland is heading into NATO so don’t be surprised if you see your children drafted in the next 20 years to protect oil fields and pipelines for Shell and Exxon.

    1. Harry Molloy

      certainly in part once the rising had begun but outside influences weren’t the catalyst, it was drought and a lack of action from their dictator

  5. jimmy russell

    Assad is literally hitler the US was right to arm the rebels and support regime change there needs to be loads more intervention in the middle east if there’s any hope or stabilizing the region

    1. Kolmo

      Yes, because arming all classes of greasy opposition bandits and backward pseudo-religious groups has worked so swimmingly up to now…pour more petrol on the problem…

    2. Tish Mahorey

      Jesus. Jimmy, you really haven’t the slightest clue do you.

      The Middle East was doing great until the US started to get involved in the late 1960s.

      If you don’t know your history, don’t comment.

  6. DubLoony

    It was such a beautiful city, a tragedy.

    That’s what people are running from, that’s why they get in boats, that’s why they walk across a continent.

    1. Human

      Full of wonderful people who think gays should be executed and woman should not be allowed to vote and leaving their faith is punishable by death…….. Tragedy …..

  7. bertie blenkinsop

    It reminds me of one of those stories Anne Robinson would regularly have on Watchdog back in the day contrasting the photos in the holiday brochure with the grim reality…

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