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by Stephen Lendman
The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) was America’s largest Muslim charity until Bush/Cheney neocons disgracefully called it an enemy of the state, shut it down and imprisoned its principles – police state ruthlessness by any standard, continued by Obama at home and abroad.
HLF described its work, saying “(w)e gave books, not bombs; bread, not bullets; smiles, not scars; toys, not tanks; liberty, not not poverty; hope, not despair; love, not hate (and) life, not death.”
Russia is helping long-suffering Syrians and its sovereign state the same way by combating US-supported terrorists, providing vital humanitarian aid, and through a “Children of Russia to Children of Syria” initiative tons of toys and other gifts for Christmas – in stark contrast to American-led death and destruction, causing unspeakable human misery.
According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, “(i)n the framework of the pan-Russian ‘Children of Russia to Children of Syria’ campaign, schoolchildren from Kursk and Vologda regions have gathered over 1,000 boxes of presents for Syrian children. Apart from traditional crafts, cards and stationery, they included souvenirs typical for these regions.”
Gifts were flown to Khmeymim airbase in Latakia, Syria. Tartus-based Hashim Yusef school head Asifa Asaad responded, saying:
“During this time of evil and unfairness, children continue to study, gain knowledge and do everything possible to build the bright future of Syria. We thank Russia for those efforts that it takes for our country in the military, humanitarian and humanistic spheres.”
Separately in his pre-Christmas press briefing, State Department spokesman admiral John Kirby ignored Obama’s war of aggression, America’s high crimes complicit with rogue allies and terrorist foot soldiers, calling the whole ugly business successful.
Long-suffering Syrians believe otherwise. The horrendous toll of US aggression speaks for itself – one of many high crimes on Obama’s rap sheet, a war criminal multiple times over, his legacy drenched in blood.
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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.