The NYT Can’t Accept the Idea of US Defeat in Aleppo

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The NYT Can’t Accept the Idea of US Defeat in Aleppo
by Stephen Lendman
After years of fighting, the city is nearly entirely liberated, most US-backed terrorists agreeing to surrender, in return for safe passage to Idlib province.
The battle for Aleppo could be over in days, except perhaps for mopping up operations. Instead of acknowledging America’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Syria, Russia and allied forces, The Times merely said “Syrian forces (are) driv(ing) deeper into rebel-held Aleppo.”
No rebels exist. All anti-government forces are US-backed terrorists, imported from scores of countries, doing America’s killing and dying for it. Of late, mostly dying.
The Times claimed “rebel leaders” dispute claims about being routed by government and allied forces. Reliable sources said they’re negotiating surrender, details perhaps completed in two days. 
Thousands of US-backed terrorists agreed to stop fighting and leave the city. Dozens of buses will transport them out, their safety guaranteed.
The Times: “Rebels were asking for all civilians who wished to leave to be given safe passage to rebel-held areas…(They) asked for safe passage to the countryside in” northern Aleppo province.
Fact: Virtually all civilians want freedom from US-backed terrorists’ captivity, forcibly held as human shields, brutally abused, many perishing at their hands.
None want transfer to other terrorist-held areas. Mostly, they want to go home once it’s safe.
The Times: “(R)ebel groups in Aleppo…called for a five-day humanitarian ceasefire and for the evacuation of about 500 people in need of emergency medical care, under UN supervision with security guarantees. Only then (will they) discuss a settlement.”
Fact: They’ve been negotiating surrender for days or weeks. No humanitarian ceasefire is being considered until Aleppo is fully cleared of its terrorist infestation. 
Fact: Syria, Russia and their allies alone are providing humanitarian aid, including medical care as needed. US-led Western countries, the UN and regional rogues states offered none.
The Times: “Once the humanitarian situation has been alleviated in Aleppo city, the parties concerned can negotiate the future of the city,” quoting an alleged statement by US-backed terrorists.
Fact: They already surrendered, final details alone to be resolved, Aleppo nearly freed from its scourge.
The Times: Terrorists’ “bargaining power is shrinking with their territory…”
Fact: No bargaining power remains. Terrorists have a choice – surrender and leave Aleppo or remain and die.
Syrian parliamentarian Fares Chehabi tweeted “(t)he Syrian army is about to end the largest & the longest hostage crisis in history by liberating all of E Aleppo.”
The Nazi siege of Leningrad lasted from September 8, 1941 – January 27, 1944 (2 years, 4 months and 5 days), 642,000 civilians held hostage. Nearly a quarter of a million perished.
US-backed terrorists seized Aleppo on July 19, 2012 – nearly four-and-a-half years ago, the number of residents affected uncertain.
The city’s population based on 2004 census data was around 2.1 million – less than half that number today in government and terrorists’ areas.
A US, UK, French, German, Italian and Canadian joint statement said “a humanitarian disaster is taking place before our very eyes,” disgracefully blaming liberating Syria and Russian forces for their high crimes throughout years of conflict nationwide.
The Times: “Rebels (sic) say (Russian/Syrian established humanitarian corridors) are not safe and that some civilians are afraid to leave for fear of arrest or conscription once they reach government territory.”
Fact: Corridors freed from terrorist attacks are safe for civilians to flee captivity to safety in government secured areas.
The Times and other media scoundrels support all US wars of aggression and others planned – ignoring its high crimes, along with enormous pain and suffering of victims.
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Stephen Lendman
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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.