On Friday August 26, 2016, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continued their junkyard brawl, exchanging barbs and insults, with the Democratic nominee all but saying that her opponent is cavorting and sleeping with racists and therefore he is infested with racism, and the Republican nominee, an obtuse man who has never experienced or tried a moment of nuance, calling his opponent a “bigot.” Americans were watching a new low in the ugliest presidential campaign in memory. A few thousand miles away, across the Atlantic, through bucolic Switzerland and to a posh hotel in graceful Geneva, an obscene scene was being repeated for the duo John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov have just brought their traveling show to town to add a new act to their never ending monologues and soliloquies on Syria. The Russian foreign minister gave his usual snake oilman’s pitch, demanding more concessions and giving promises he never intends to keep, as he has been doing for five years. The American secretary of state, an eternal believer in turning words into miracles, spoke about achieving incremental progress and more “clarity” toward the last act in the play when peace is achieved in Syria, before the fall of the final curtain. It was classic Kerry in denial. It was another classic retreat, for a diminishing administration intent on marking time until the end of its term, oblivious to the desolation brought about by the pulverizing death machines of Assad’s regime and his Russian and Iranian accomplices and their proxy marauders to Syrian cities and almost to every Syrian heart and soul.
A Syrian Dresden
It was ironic that the Assad regime achieved a tactical victory in Darraya mere days after a yearlong investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons accused Syrian government troops of carrying out bombing raids using toxic gasHisham Melhem