Sunday, December 11, 2016

Defeat for civilization: ISIS retakes Palmyra

The Islamic State is winning and civilization is losing.

Fortunately we will have a real leader in Washington next month, Donald Trump, said of ISIS that he will "bomb the shit out of 'em."

We tried Barack Obama's way. It doesn't work.

From the Guardian:
Islamic State fighters appear to have reconquered the historic city of Palmyra after days of intense fighting on its outskirts prompted a withdrawal by the Syrian military.

"The catastrophe has happened, I am in absolute shock," said Maamoun Abdel Karim, Syria's director of antiquities, in a phone interview. "I am losing hope, it looks like we have lost the city."

An ISIS-affiliated news channel claimed victory in the battle on Sunday, saying its soldiers had reclaimed control of the entirety of Palmyra, once a Silk Road oasis that boasted some of the best-preserved ruins of antiquity.
It was the second time Isis has seized Palmyra. In May last year, Jihadi militants stormed into the city after a week-long siege that ended with the mass retreat of the Syrian military. Militants rampaged through the city’s museums and ruins, blowing up the 2,000 years-old towering Temple of Bel and the Arch of Victory, along with other priceless artefacts, and killed Khaled al-Assaad, Palmyra's long-serving leading archaeologist.
In the ancient Roman amphitheater the ISIS barbarians performed mass executions last year. Will they return to that cruely? I have no reason to believe that they won't.

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