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Burning Aleppo will rise again

I can assure all and am very sure that history has not seen anything like the horrific crimes being perpetrated in the city of Aleppo

Hussein Shobokshi

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I can assure all and am very sure that history has not seen anything like the horrific crimes being perpetrated in the city of Aleppo at the hands of Bashar al-Assad, Russian forces, terrorist militias, Hezbollah and other criminals. When I am writing this, Aleppo, which has a population of five million, is being brutally eliminated. The only remaining hospital, after the carefully and organized destruction of other hospitals in the city, has been razed to the ground.

This is not to forget the incredible number of people of the city who have been displaced systematically. Assad’s forces are stealing businesses, relocating factories to other areas or selling them to others. Everyone’s mask fell completely in the midst of this tragic and sad news. It is clear that there is an international conspiracy to destroy Aleppo completely by all means and by all possible weapons.

While Assad and the Russians are bombing the civilians in Aleppo, the Hezbollah group, led by the notorious Hassan Nasrallah, who claimed that he had entered Syria to protect the holy shrines (which is free from any of them by the way), is also active. We cannot count his lies justifying the terrorist group’s entry into Syria.

For Assad, Aleppo was the cultural dimension of Syria, which has a strange civilization. For Assad and his family and those who are with him, Aleppo has always been a perfect example of co-existence between races, sects and religions without discrimination or segregation which is something impressive and special.

Burning Aleppo will recover from its pain and it will rebuild itself from ruins but Bashar al-Assad’s fate will be consigned to the dustbin of history

Hussein Shobokshi

Anyone connected or belonging to the city of Aleppo was a matter of pride. They had good personalities. They were known as a “Halabi” first and secondly as Syrians. The city, a pride of Syria, where the first printing press was launched in the whole of Levant region. The Arab world and the Far East knew Aleppo as a “link” to the ancient Silk Road trade heritage.

Aleppo had its own mark and a clear character in mostly everything it created — the architecture design known as Halabi-stone, rich Halabi kitchen, Halabi music and Hababi dialect, which is unique and distinctive in the usage of words.

Aleppo was like an independent emirate before the modern Syria was formed and therefore the sense of being an independent city was the reason for Assad’s family to invade it. I believe it was a plan of Assad’s father and Bashar himself to systematically destroy it because of what I believe to be their deep and old hatred for the city and its people.

Aleppo has produced most important and leading Syrian national figures and honest personalities like Ibrahim Hanano, Nazim Qudsi, Rushdie Kikhia, Maroof Aldualbe and others. The city has produced many giants in fields of literature, culture and art, like Sabah Fakhri, Moustafa Al-Aqqad, Walid Eklasi, and today they gave their blood and soul, an offering for the freedom of Syria.

Aleppo’s systematic extermination under the regime of father and son and their unclean accomplices is revenge on Aleppo as a result of their old jealousy. Aleppo had revolted against the regime of Assad in the past and an attack on the military college prompted Hafez al-Assad, the father, to deny the city all the projects and deprive its people of all positions. Aleppo paid for it dearly and today it is paying more at the hands of Hafez’s criminal son Bashar.

Burning Aleppo will recover from its pain and it will rebuild itself from ruins but Bashar al-Assad’s fate will be consigned to the dustbin of history.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Oct. 10, 2016.

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Hussein Shobokshi is a Businessman and prominent columnist. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al Takreer on Al Arabiya, and in 1995, he was chosen as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa.

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