En af verdens ældste byer beboet i 6000 år, græske og romerske efterladenskaber, nu reduceret til grus, hvor man ikke er klar over hvem der bekæmper hvem og hvad de dør for. Dokumentaren er lige kommet her til formiddag. Ghosts of Aleppo (Part 1 og 2)
The Barbarians Within Our Gates
Arab civilization has collapsed. It won’t recover in my lifetime.
Hisham Melhem, chef for Al-Arabiya*S Washington-kontor skriver om en verdensdel i opløsning:
With his decision to use force against the violent extremists of the Islamic State, President Obama is doing more than to knowingly enter a quagmire. He is doing more than play with the fates of two half-broken countries—Iraq and Syria—whose societies were gutted long before the Americans appeared on the horizon. Obama is stepping once again—and with understandably great reluctance—into the chaos of an entire civilization that has broken down.
Arab civilization, such as we knew it, is all but gone. The Arab world today is more violent, unstable, fragmented and driven by extremism—the extremism of the rulers and those in opposition—than at any time since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. Every hope of modern Arab history has been betrayed. The promise of political empowerment, the return of politics, the restoration of human dignity heralded by the season of Arab uprisings in their early heydays—all has given way to civil wars, ethnic, sectarian and regional divisions and the reassertion of absolutism, both in its military and atavistic forms. With the dubious exception of the antiquated monarchies and emirates of the Gulf—which for the moment are holding out against the tide of chaos—and possibly Tunisia, there is no recognizable legitimacy left in the Arab world………Politico