Jim Geraghty

Oh, Hey, Russia’s Bombing Cities Now, No Big Deal

At some point in the future, the “international community” will protest and denounce some U.S. military action.

The same “international community” that is shrugging and yawning as Russia uses cluster bombs in the city of Aleppo, Syria:

A shocking video shows an entire district destroyed by Russian cluster bombs in Aleppo as air strikes hit five hospitals and two schools.

The death toll after the attacks in Syria today has risen to 50 with many more expected to be wounded.

It is believed that among those dead are children and the bombings have been condemned by U.N. chiefs.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haqsaid said the attacks were ‘blatant violations of international laws’ that ‘are further degrading an already devastated health care system and preventing access to education in Syria.’

Where are all the people protesting in the streets of Europe and the United States? Where are the giant paper-mâché heads?

All of this bombing of hospitals and schools is starting to make our governmentdoubt Russia’s good intentions.

The U.S. said the airstrikes Monday in and around Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, targeted innocent civilians, including at two hospitals. At least 50 people were killed at medical facilities and schools in rebel-held areas in Aleppo and Idlib provinces, the United Nations said.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said the bombing of civilian targets “casts doubt on Russia’s willingness and/or ability to help bring to a stop the continued brutality of the Assad regime against its own people.”

Gee, what was your first clue, Sherlock?

For what it’s worth, Russia says, “Nothing to see here, move along, move along.”

Russia on Tuesday rebuffed claims that its warplanes struck a hospital in northern Syria in airstrikes the previous day that killed at least nine people as Syrian government forces and a predominantly Kurdish coalition are making against rival groups in the country’s north.

In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the hospital report was another case in which those who make such accusations against Russia are unable to back up their claims. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had said Russian warplanes targeted the hospital in Idlib province on Monday, destroying it and killing nine people. France said that such attacks “could constitute war crimes.”

Peskov, in a conference call with journalists, referred the parties making the accusations to the “primary source” and said they should rely on official announcements from the Syrian government.

If this all seems abstract, watch this 28 minute segment from PBS “Frontline” called The Children of Aleppo, broadcast in 2014. One can only despair at the thought of those kids’ fate.