Living Under the Sword of ISIS in Syria

15hisham-blog427The New York Times featured an article about the civilians who are living under the threat of ISIS. The sentiments expressed in the excerpt below are important to read and understand for anyone who chooses to make a comment about the experience of the refugees or the Syrians still living in their home state.

“…But those people living under Islamic State rule are the ones suffering the most from its brutality…

The Islamic State gives people one choice: Escape your poverty by fighting for us. The world has to offer people living under the Islamic State better choices. Stop the Assad government from bombing markets and bridges, and its Russian allies from bombing civilian infrastructure, as happened recently when a Russian airstrike reportedly hit a water main, cutting off water for the entire city.

Most of all, don’t dismiss as terrorists the citizens of occupied cities just because they were too poor to leave when the Islamic State took over. The people under this occupation present the best hope for destroying the jihadists. Without their support, the Islamic State can hardly be defeated.”

Our High-Priced Mercenaries in Syria

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“The humanitarian crisis is the gravest since the Second World War. Seven million Syrians have been displaced from their homes and their sources of income inside the country, according to the United Nations. More than four million refugees have fled Syria altogether, straining resources in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. And now, with some three hundred and fifty thousand refugees fleeing to the West, the Syrian crisis has become Europe’s crisis, too.”

-Robin Wright, The New Yorker