The world health organization has reported that in Beirut, Lebanon, hospitals are unable to give care and support the many wounded from recent bombings which have increasingly intensified. These deliberate bombings from the Syrian government have targeting these hospitals and have caused serious if not permanent damage.

A neurosurgeon in Aleppo powerfully expressed the thoughts of the quarter million affected: “[w]e no longer have hospitals to operate in, [y]ou can’t imagine what it’s like living in Aleppo right now. It feels like we are living in hell. Our neighborhoods are in flames, and bombs are raining down from the sky. We urgently call on the international community to send help.” This is an interesting call for help and poses a lot of questions in regard to President-elect Trump’s recent standing on this Syrian conflict and ISIS. Does this plea for help alter any considerations for international intervention?

It has been concluded that the Syrian government has decided and will continue to push forward in their efforts against rebels regardless of the “humanitarian cost.” The reality of this situation and its worsening state is difficult to accept and forces us to really wonder what is most important and what we can and will do. Many of the Syrian rebels and those in Syria have simply said that “Syria is dead.”

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