Why are we so number to the tragedy of Aleppo?


There was always an assumption that if the world had more readily understood what was happening to Wilma Grunwald and the millions like her, that more would have been done to mount a response to save Jewish lives.

More than 70 years later, those assumptions about our better nature and the strength of those pledges to help mount a response are being put to an extreme test inside Syria-a test we are failing.

The personal goodbyes from those trapped inside Aleppo’s kill zone are scrolled over in a flick and compete with far more “likable” and “retweetable” posts from more digitally savvy content providers.

We can identify the innocent civilians, but the perpetrators are so often less clearly identified and their motives even more opaque.


As a result, many Americans who might otherwise be doing more to demand an American-led response emerge perplexed and unable to see the U.S. security interest in this slaughter or its attendant consequences.

Groups like the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported before the current siege of Aleppo that Russian bombing has killed nearly three times the number of Syrian civilians and opposition members than ISIS fighters.

It may take us that long to understand why we didn’t do more to stop it.

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