The United States and Russia are no longer talking to each other. That means there will be no more efforts to get a cease-fire in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The adults and children who remain in Aleppo face continued bombings.
The U.S. and Russia continued to talk until Monday. America said the Russians would not commit to stopping the bombing. Russia says it has to destroy the forces that threaten the regime of Assad, the Syrian president. The U.S. says the Russians are bombing the rebels as well as terrorists.
The question is what to do next. One idea is for the U.S. to give more weapons and support to the rebel groups it trusts. If the U.S. does this, it has to be careful that weapons do not fall into the hands of terrorists or the Syrian government.
Another choice for the U.S. is to work with Turkey and Saudi Arabia. These two countries are calling for more weapons to go to the rebel groups.
France is trying to get a cease-fire resolution to establish a no-fly zone. Russia said it would veto any resolution that calls for a no-fly zone.
Russia is blaming the U.S. for the breakdown in talks. It said Washington did not get the rebel groups to separate from the terrorist groups. That was a key part of the agreement to get aid into Aleppo.
The U.S. is trying not to get more involved in the war. It counted on the Russians to join in a program to reduce the violence. It also thought public opinion might sway the Russians.
Instead, things got much worse. The bombing was stepped up. It is clear that Russia wants to keep Assad in power as president of Syria.
As for the people of Aleppo, their awful life is about to get worse. Syria says it will give safe passage to citizens who want to leave the war zone. That could happen soon. Assad’s vow to retake all of Syria would come a step closer.
Source: The Wall Street Journal October 4, 2016