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Russia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session, as hopes of any form of ceasefire were flattened by the scale and ferocity of the Syrian regime’s assault on eastern Aleppo.

The war crimes accusations centred on the widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city, weapons that Moscow’s accusers say were dropped by Russian aircraft.

Borger, Julian and Kareem Shaheen.  “Russia accused of war crimes in Syria at UN security council session.”  September 26, 2016.

The quotation in the title comes from Matthew Rycroft, British ambassador to the UN, speaking in the video at the top of the referenced article.

BackChannels has maintained that Syria represents a complete medieval theater of politics and war, one in which ISIL itself, playing the role of the “The Terrorists”, was deliberately incubated by Assad for show.

Yesterday, in remarks made before a UN Security Council briefing on Syria, Ambassador Samantha Power brought to a head the issue of the barbaric medievalism characterizing the Assad regime’s entire response to what had begun as a mild popular challenge to the regime’s character and course through an agricultural and related economic downturn in 2011.  Of course, the sadism was evident at the outset as the regime established its position by arresting and torturing schoolchildren.

Posted to YouTube by U.S. Department of State, September 25, 2016.

United States Mission to the United Nations.  “Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Syria.” Transcript.  September 25, 2016.

Additional Reference

Al-Masri, Karam and Rana Moussaoui.  “Covering Syria through hunger and fear.”  AFP Correspondent, September 26, 2016.

Callaghan, Louise and Toby Harnden.  “Putin’s gigantic firebombs torch Aleppo.”  The Times, September 26, 2016.

Sanchez, Raf.  “U.S. levels ‘barbarism’ charge, Britain accuses Russia of war crimes over bombing of Syrian civilians.”  National Post, September 26, 2016.