No Christmas Respite in Syria from US-Supported Terrorists

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No Christmas Respite in Syria from US-Supported Terrorists
by Stephen Lendman
After liberating Aleppo, Syrian and allied forces, together with Russian aerial support, are focused on freeing Idlib province and Palmyra of its US-supported terrorist scourge – along with preventing these elements from mounting an effective counteroffensive.
Reports indicated cutthroat killer “moderate rebels” murdered scores of captive Syrian soldiers before leaving the eastern Aleppo, many beheaded. Bodies of other victims were discovered, some with “severed heads and poked out eyes,” others lethally shot at close range.
Hundreds of eastern Aleppo families returning home on Christmas day was reason for them to celebrate, though unable to undo the horrors they’ve endured because of Obama’s imperial viciousness.
Separately, he approved supplying US-supported terrorists in Syria with man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) – able to down low-flying aircraft and helicopters.
They’ve been covertly getting these and other heavy weapons all along. Tanks and artillery, etc. don’t materialize out of thin air. America and other foreign countries supply them.
Obama wants endless war continued. Hopefully Trump intends stopping the madness, earlier saying:
“We’ve spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that, frankly, if they were there and if we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges, and all of the other problems – our airports and all the other problems we have – we would have been a lot better off, I can tell you that right now.”
“We have done a tremendous disservice not only to the Middle East. We’ve done a tremendous disservice to humanity. The people that have been killed, the people that have been wiped away – and for what?” 
“It’s not like we had victory. It’s a mess. The Middle East is totally destabilized, a total and complete mess. I wish we had the 4 trillion dollars or 5 trillion dollars. I wish it were spent right here in the United States on schools, hospitals, roads, airports, and everything else that are all falling apart!”
He’ll shortly be in a position, along with a Republican-controlled Congress, to concentrate more on homeland needs instead of imperial adventurism.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.