… from the staff of Veterans Today, in Syria
We are posting this not to be ghouls, but in solidarity with what the Syrian people have to see. It is easier for us as we did not know them and they are not our people, but we do share the pain of all these families.
We live in a country where drug dealers and gang members kill more people than terrorists, but no one has posed deporting them, or even making gangs illegal, or even mentioning their race, religious or ethnicity. We don’t want to offend their families.
We asked our people on the ground in Syria to try to get us a photo, which is often not an easy thing to do. They came through for us so here it is, our way of honoring the dead in a small way, by giving what happened to them a bit more of a lasting memory. There is also a personal reason.
When the VT team went to tour the Terrorism Court when we were at the Damascus Counter-terrorism conference in 2015, we walked through this entrance. The front was crowded with lawyers and their clients waiting to get into court for their cases.
The ones you see wearing suits are probably all attorneys. The second bomber lost his nerve or something, and took off with security people chasing him down the street. At some point he ducked into a sidewalk restaurant of very light construction and not many patrons, and blew himself up, with not as many casualties as at the court, and no one reported killed.
As ISIS continues to really get ground down I feared they would retaliate with increased bombings. And I fear more that even with a “peace” these will continue due to the inexhaustible supply of extremist losers volunteering to do the work.
We cannot send our condolences to all who have been slaughtered in Syria, or even those every day. We do this as a symbolic act, and will get back to trying to stop this tomorrow, as we do every day…Jim W. Dean
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