Syria's Gettysburg, Assad's Stalingrad

Syria's Gettysburg, Assad's Stalingrad

How The Military Conflict Over The Liberation Of Eastern Aleppo Is Equatable To The Battle Of Gettysburg Or Of Stalingrad.
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The Syrian war has demonstrated an interesting double talk in the recent events at Aleppo. The demonization of the Syrian military is creating a false reality given the nature of the rebels holding out any Eastern Aleppo. The militants in the rebel enclaves of remaining territory are foreign backed fighters and their families sponsored by the oil kingdoms such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as facilitated into Syria by Turkey. They are devout Wahhabists and far right conservative groups, and have strong ties with Al Nusra and Al Qaeda. While the media at times to portray these as "moderate rebels"; we should keep in mind that ISIL ideology is Takfirism, an even more far right conservative branch of Wahhabism. We must also remember that Syrian Kurdish forces with their allies of the Syrian Democratic Forces (A United States backed Kurdish lead rebel group) had initially led the assault on Aleppo having been the region's main blockade of ISIL advancement. And they managed to capture the initial western part of the city, and then organized effort's with the government to recapture the rest of the city. Once Turkey had entered northern Syria with their military a few weeks ago, a common cause forged a cooperative between the government and the Kurds who Turkey has taken actions against as well. Since the Al Nusra and Al Qaeda militants were being funneled through Turkey into Syria, it created common ground for the legitimate rebels being lead via the SDF and Government forces to work together. Just as the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi mobilization army have allied together to defeat ISIL; and who have also done so as a means of mutual defense against Turkish intervention in northern Iraq. As the Syrian war comes to a conclusion and the defeat of Daesh in the region is achieved, we must remember to look forward to the post war order.

If we are being honest and disassociate from personal bias, and if we are being militarily consistent, telling the Syrian president to step down after his recent victory at Aleppo would be like telling Abraham Lincoln to step down after the Battle of Gettysburg. Or asking Stalin to step down after the battle of Stalingrad. One has to respect military accomplishments even in the face of unfortunate loss of life. The Syrian Government militarily demonstrated its competency and ability to legitimize itself as a nation. That used to mean something in the eyes of the international community. Our continued efforts to remove Assad now would be like if Britain and France continued to help the Confederate States of America even after their major defeat at Gettysburg.

In times of uncertainty and high levels of chaos and despair, let us not forget the imperative responsibility we the citizenry have to hear both sides of the story in regard to claims of war crimes and violations. International law and military law has stipulations that are being followed by the international community and all parties responsible for all actions will be held accountable. We must remember to look forward beyond the conflict in an effort to build a post war order that reflects the best of humanity during these great times of its worst aspects.

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6 Things You Should Know About The Woman Who Can't Stand Modern Feminism

Yes, she wants to be heard too.

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2018 is sort of a trap for this woman. She believes in women with all of the fire inside of her, but it is hard for her to offer support when people are making fools of themselves and disguising it as feminism.

The fact of the matter is that women possess qualities that men don't and men possess qualities that women don't. That is natural. Plus, no one sees men parading the streets in penis costumes complaining that they don't get to carry their own fetus for nine months.

1. She really loves and values women.

She is incredibly proud to be a woman.

She knows the amount of power than a woman's presence alone can hold. She sees when a woman walks into a room and makes the whole place light up. She begs that you won't make her feel like a "lady hater" because she doesn't want to follow a trend that she doesn't agree with.

2. She wants equality, too

She has seen the fundamental issues in the corporate world, where women and men are not receiving equal pay.

She doesn't cheer on the businesses that don't see women and men as equivalents. But she does recognize that if she works her butt off, she can be as successful as she wants to.

3. She wears a bra.

While she knows the "I don't have to wear a bra for society" trend isn't a new one, but she doesn't quite get it. Like maybe she wants to wear a bra because it makes her feel better. Maybe she wears a bra because it is the normal things to do... And that's OK.

Maybe she wants to put wear a lacy bra and pretty makeup to feel girly on .a date night. She is confused by the women who claim to be "fighting for women," because sometimes they make her feel bad for expressing her ladyhood in a different way than them.

4. She hates creeps just as much as you do. .

Just because she isn't a feminist does not mean that she is cool with the gruesome reality that 1 in 5 women are sexually abused.

In fact, this makes her stomach turn inside out to think about. She knows and loves people who have been through such a tragedy and wants to put the terrible, creepy, sexually charged criminals behind bars just as bad as the next woman.

Remember that just because she isn't a feminist doesn't mean she thinks awful men can do whatever they want.

5. There is a reason she is ashamed of 2018's version of feminism.

She looks at women in history who have made a difference and is miserably blown away by modern feminism's performance.

Not only have women in the past won themselves the right to vote, but also the right to buy birth control and have credit cards in their names and EVEN saw marital rape become a criminal offense.

None of them dressed in vagina costumes to win anyone over though... Crazy, right?

6. She isn't going to dress in a lady parts costume to prove a point.

This leaves her speechless. It is like the women around her have absolutely lost their minds and their agendas, only lessening their own credibility.

"Mom, what are those ladies on TV dressed up as?"

"Ummm... it looks to me like they are pink taco's honey."

She loves who she is and she cherished what makes her different from the men around her. She doesn't want to compromise who she is as a woman just so she can be "equal with men."

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Believe It Or Not, Trump Is Not An Idiot

I know this headline is scary, but hear me out.

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If we were to place all of the smartest people in the world on a stage, Trump would be sitting (angrily I'm sure) in the audience. I do not think that Trump is an extraordinarily smart man. In fact, I wouldn't even consider him an ordinarily smart man. However, to call him an idiot would somehow diminish all of the harmful things he has done. To call Trump an idiot is to take away from how dangerous he truly is. To be clear, he is not dangerous because of his status, or his power, or even his money. He is dangerous because of his hate. If all of the hostility that man carries isn't enough, he holds alongside him a troop of people as equally, if not more so, hateful than he is. What is more dangerous than an old bigot you ask? An old bigot who is less intelligent than his supervisors. There is something much more daunting about an old man who can not make decisions for himself.

Often the criticisms I see of Trump and his administration center around his personal intelligence, capability, and shortcomings. Very rarely do I see the same attacks on the people guiding him, supporting him, or enabling him. Although I think Trump is a vile human being, I think he is often a distraction. At the end of the day, Trump cannot pass legislation by himself, he cannot fight wars on his own, and he can't run this country into the ground by his lonesome (granted I believe he wishes he could). To be completely transparent I think the latter action has been happening for decades. I think we have made, as a country, some very very poor decisions that have led us here. Although I think we are seeing a cascade of events that have been placed like dominos by our democracy, my focus is on the current situation.

So where does that leave us? In wildfires that our president blames on poor use of controlled deforestation while simultaneously cutting funding to conservation programs? In the potential wake of empty and careless threats of nuclear warfare? In states with steadily deteriorating infrastructure and education? In hospitals that we cannot pay bills for because our healthcare has slowly been torn from us?

It is important to remember that there are, unfortunately, people with much worse intentions than Trump. There are people working every day to mold the country into what works best for them. We are so often distracted that we forget that one family holds 40% of the wealth in this country, that our economy is disenfranchising a large majority of us, and that innocent people are being killed every day. We are blind to the lives we are destroying in this country and others. We are so caught up in whatever Trump is doing we don't realize that there are systematic problems our representatives avoid fixing like solutions are a plague. I think that there are many things wrong with this country, far beyond nepotism and narcissism. One of them is our inability as a society to hold all folks accountable.

Trump is not an idiot. He is an entitled man who was born into wealth and fortune. He is a predatory man that has had to do little by himself for his entire existence. I think he is a puppet, being moved by much more malicious hands than his own.

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