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"Autocracy" Vs. "Democracy": Stunning Before And After Pictures Of Syria's Largest City

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As we documented last autumn in “Syria Showdown: Russia, Iran Rally Forces, US Rearms Rebels As ‘Promised’ Battle For Aleppo Begins,” Syria’s largest city has been among the hardest hit of the country’s urban centers over the course of the last five years.

Newsweek documented the destruction in a series of stark and profoundly indelible images in 2012, perhaps the most striking of which was this:

Recapturing the city is critical to restoring Bashar al-Assad’s grip on power.

If Aleppo is liberated, the rebellion will be all but crushed. The Alawite government would once again control the country’s urban backbone in the west and, more importantly from a big picture perspective, Iran would have scored a major victory in the effort to preserve the Shiite crescent not to mention its supply lines to Hezbollah.

Likewise, a victory at Aleppo would invalidate US claims that Vladimir Putin was destined to get Moscow into a “quagmire” in Syria and the Russians would score a major geopolitical coup by effectively replacing the US as Mid-East superpower puppet master.

As for the Gulf monarchies, the demise of the Sunni insurgency in Syria would be a bitter blow. The effort to roll back Iranian influence would be forever remembered as an abject failure and Tehran would score sectarian bragging rights over Riyadh just as international sanctions are lifted and Iran ramps up crude production.

So important is the battle for the city that Quds commander Qassem Soleimani himself supervised the initial stages of the push north from Latakia before disappearing into thin air in November only to resurface two days ago at a rally celebrating the Islamic Revolution. 

Now that the eyes of the world are on Aleppo which may well go down in history as the site where World War III began, we thought it an opportune time to bring you the following before and after images which depict what life was like in the city under the "brutal dictatorship" of Bashar al-Assad and what life is like now that the US has exported democracy to Syria.











"Yes we can"... destroy the entire Middle East...

h/t: @BBassem7 and @lika__333

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 20:48 | 7183046 stant
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I read that was going to happen In a book .

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 20:52 | 7183070 eforce
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Communist in chief sure did redistribute Syria...all over the fucking place...

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 20:56 | 7183078 Dutti
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Same pictures everywhere where the US and it's vassals (Saudis, Israel etc.) intervened lately: Syria, Irak, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Jemen, Gaza etc.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:01 | 7183112 CounterPartyVice
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What part of "Hope and Change" you don't understand?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:14 | 7183144 SWRichmond
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Why is it so hard for people to understand that ourn "leaders" are criminally insane, that they love killing people, that they hate life itself?  The evidence is overwhelming.  They are more dangerous than anything else on the planet.




Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:14 | 7183153 greenskeeper carl
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Looks like the foreign policy of someone proud to call henry kissenger a friend....

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:54 | 7183171 COSMOS
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All this destruction brought to you by the NeoCohens = NeoCohns = NeoCons

I take the down arrows as a tally of the Cohens reading this post.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:58 | 7183296 Handful of Dust
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That's Soweto's version of "Nation Building."

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 22:56 | 7183484 TeamDepends
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Democracy is the road to socialism.
-Karl Marx

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 23:28 | 7183562 The9thDoctor
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These before and afters remind me of the before and afters of Detroit, Michigan.

The industrial age is over folks.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 23:44 | 7183603 TeamDepends
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Autocracy + Democracy = Idiocracy

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 00:08 | 7183655 Tarzan
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what, no pictures from China? 

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 02:36 | 7183838 weburke
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Best picture of obama ever. 

Qassem Soleimani  is totally in the control of the elites. 

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 04:12 | 7183951 Four chan
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nobel prize ready work right there. approved by soros/clinton/obama foundations. 

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 04:22 | 7183956 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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If anything, this article is something the many fans of Donald Trump around here should take to heart.

Here the potential consequences of supporting a "strong man" or "decisive leader" are laid bare.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 11:45 | 7184571 jeff montanye
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whose the decisive leader?  assad?  if so it's more like the consequences of opposing assad.

if it's obama . . . no he can never be described as a strong man or a decisive leader.

he couldn't even frighten chelsea manning and she was naked and in prison.

imo putin is ripping barack a new one right about now.

couldn't happen to a better folk.

may get a toppling of the saudi monarchy as icing.

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 10:00 | 7187398 DownWithYogaPants
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In all fairness Dear Leader Obamao could only ever bring Durrrmocracy.   You know Niggerians lack 2 standard deviations worth of IQ.

Talking about people with mental deficiencies Eirik the Retarted is back.

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 11:27 | 7187746 Save_America1st
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Give that treasonous, Marxist, war-monger another Nobel Peace Prize!!!

The NWO is grinding along nicely.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 12:00 | 7184635 DanDaley
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Here the potential consequences of supporting a "strong man" or "decisive leader" are laid bare.


Do you mean someone like Mr. Hillary Clinton?

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 03:16 | 7183887 buttmint
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9th Doc....so true! Following WWII, Detoilet was the industrial gem of the world! Then the place got hacked apart and GM et al sent jobs overseas..by the 1970s, everyone had an escape plan.

Bring in the Chinese to assist the Syria rebuild? I think anyone human looks at thje before n after pics and wonders wth is wrong with the human spirit? Or just a select few deranged ones?


Sun, 02/14/2016 - 15:11 | 7185414 RichardP
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That region has only known tribal warfare for thousands of years.  The deranged ones are actually those who built the swimming pools and modern buildings and actually thought they would last.

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 11:23 | 7187725 azusgm
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That region had churches and monastaries that had been around more than a thousand years that were ruined during this war.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 08:12 | 7184150 Griffin
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The neocon dream of "Nation Building" has been incredibly destructive.

George W Bush, Tony Blair, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and similar characters got the ball rolling.

This bunch targeted "Hearts and Minds".

Obamas "Hope and Change" strategy is in many ways more of the same, resulting in the leveling of Syria and the greatest refugee crisis since last world war.

I think that if this ends in a world war, then it could be a good idea not to stop that war until the root causes of the war have been dealt with.




Mon, 02/15/2016 - 10:01 | 7187407 DownWithYogaPants
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Obama hope and change in many ways much the same?

Niggerian please!  He's the 3rd Bush presidency.  

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 10:47 | 7187568 HopefulCynical
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I think that if this ends in a world war, then it could be a good idea not to stop that war until the root causes of the war have been dealt with.

So...fMRI test all the elites, and execute all the psychopaths? I'm down.

Niggerian please!  He's the 3rd Bush presidency.

Obama '08 - '12 was Bush Jr's 3rd term, and Jimmeh Cahtah's 2nd, all rolled into one.

Obama '12 - ? is Quisling, Book II.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 00:29 | 7183685 roddy6667
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And a Rabinowitz.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:17 | 7183160 knukles
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Nobody is gonna "win"

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 06:10 | 7184037 COSMOS
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Division of Syria and Iraq is most probably part of a Saudi Plan supported by allied forces. As per the plan Iraq might be divided among Shiites in the south and south eastern part, Sunnis will have its share in Anbar and part of Nineveh, Kurds will have the oil rich areas of the North. In Syria a Sunni state will be established as a result of the regime change game, in case it fails as the situation now, the country will be divided in to two. Saudi-Turkish influenced Sunni Government comprising of most of the part of Syria and might be a smaller coastal belt to Shiites and Syrian Kurds. 
This is the reason why Saudi-Turkish alliance wants to capture IS territories and the Kurdish territories in a blitzkrieg attack from north and South. In such situation Russia can't bomb them because may be NATO and US armed personnel would be part of this mission. The creation and strengthening of IS was a part of this plan. IS will simply handover the territories to its puppet masters without a major fight. Signs are there. Hundreds of IS top leaders are sneaking out from Syria to Libya using Turkish air and sea ports. After the capture of IS occupied Syrian territories quickly a provisional government will be announced. They will try to push Assad out from Damask. NATO and western countries and all sunni muslim countries will immediately recognize it as the legitimate government of Syria. Gradually when the division of Iraq is materialized these two Sunni territories will be merged in to one big Sunni state stretching from Turkish border to Saudi border. Here is your corridor for the Euro-bound Gas and Oil Pipelines.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 07:15 | 7184061 Ghordius
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COSMOS, here you have a a-historical starting point, beginning with "a plan to divide Syria and Iraq". Just saying, and this has nothing to do with your conclusions

The proper starting point ought to be that while the Eastern Roman Empire was going down, the Turks started their own empire, and built it using the same methods

and so getting hold on vast territories that contained a patchwork of cities of various stages of independency, tribal regions, princedoms and so on

in the times of the Turkish domination, i.e. the Ottoman Empire, you could find Christians of various denominations, Jews and the two brands of Muslims in Aleppo, all living in quite segregated communities that nevertheless functioned well with the neighbouring communities

and... exerting most of their justice autonomously. Meaning that if a Muslim traders catches a Muslim thief grabbing his wares, he would bring him to a Sharia tribunal, and that was it, in the same way as in any other intra-community dispute, up to whatever they chose to do in the case of an adultery, always the big crowd getters

Enter Turkish Suzerainity, to be called only in play if two local communities were bitching among each other, in the same exact way that Roman Governors did: only if called

Because heavy-handed and costly, two communities having one claimant and one accused each, let's say a Christian boy had molested a Sunni Muslim girl... had a strong incentive of setting the preliminaries of a Turkish justice case, with two judges each, one local Christian and one local Sunni Muslim preparing all facts and opinions for the Turkish magistrate... and then settle among each other a punishment that would appease... - note this word, justice being an instrument of peace among people(s) - both communities

enter Russia, France and the UK. enter their obvious, often plainly stated plan you could even read in the newspaper about of gobbling up chunks of the Ottoman Empire.

read what the Tsar openly aimed to: Jerusalem

Russia lost, France and the UK gobbled up most of the territories and divided them into kingdoms and republics, clearly showing a taste for the one or the other

none of the new countries were "organically grown". none had a national identity with exception of Egypt, none were in any way "homogenous"

why so long to make the point? because the point is you don't need much pressure to have those territories split in a mosaic of parcels trying to survive while viciously fighting each other. it has been now a paradise for warmongering... since the Turks were ousted, of course by the method of supporting anti-Turkish rebellions

Syria and Iraq were on a completely different trajectory, once, together with Egypt. They even changed all three to the same flag of "Arabian Nationalism" (see Ba'ath Party, a pan-Arabic nationalist party with some socialist underpinnings), with the falcon for Egypt, two stars for Syria and three for Iraq. They were planning to unite, or do "something like the euros"

with Russia (then the SU) helping them (who built the great dam in Egypt?) and neither the Saudis nor the Israelis nor Iran that keen on seeing this coming to fruition

so yes, the pipelines might be an important addition to all that. but my point is this: both Iraq and Syria are easy to set into a civil war mode if enough warmongering pressure is applied. usually, the thing was that pressure had to be applied so that they don't splinter


Mon, 02/15/2016 - 08:39 | 7187245 KesselRunin12Parsecs
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I gave my love a cherry

That had no stone

I gave my love a chicken

That had no bone

I told my love a story

That had no end...


Right about that time, the guitar gets smashed against the wall.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 07:07 | 7184070 COSMOS
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Ghordius Morbidius.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 07:49 | 7184092 Ghordius
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kevin will never understand you. my goodness, he does not even understand anti-intellectualism! but "morbid", he isn't. even the least of the doomers is more morbid then him /bob

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:12 | 7183146 NoDebt
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Obama presiding over the start of WWIII.  How fitting.

You know they damned near gave Hitler the Nobel Peace Prize in... I think it was '39, before they thought better of the whole thing.  How's the Nobel Committee going to explain this one?  Probably by giving him a second Nobel Peace Prize, would be my guess.  Doubling down on a complete fuck-up is all the rage these days.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:28 | 7183204 FX223
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I wonder if they ever took back a Nobel prize?  Of course they have to go down to the pawnshop to reclaim it.

Does anyone have an idea of how to calculate how many humans have lost their lives under orders of this mad man?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:57 | 7183292 Dr. Engali
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He'll be presiding over the finish of WWIII as well. With Scalia dead Obama can be el Presidente for life. The banana republic can be complete.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 02:19 | 7183812 loosh
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Year after year contestants in beauty pageants ask for world peace and all we get from "the chosen ones" is ugly death. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to nobility, aptly named but misspelled.

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 08:58 | 7187292 NumNutt
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I guess they are starting to think the flying airplanes into building's in NY city might not have been such a good idea after all.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:19 | 7183158 Element
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Love how the blood streaks down the face in the first image look entirely contrived and overdone.  lol

When you see people doing that with images you know you're reading claptrap propaganda.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 02:23 | 7183819 loosh
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Love how the blood streaks down the face in the first image look entirely contrived and overdone.  lol

Reference to the bleeding eyes of the virgin Mary, pure symbolism from the head office.

Wakey, wakey, downvoters.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:23 | 7183176 Minions
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US Economy in the sh*thouse, but our warmongering on overdrive. Guess who's behind it all >> https://goo.gl/15VRor

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:13 | 7183147 TurnwiseWiddershins
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Israel is a vassal of the US?

Methinks you have cause and effect backwards my good sir.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:28 | 7183201 Dutti
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Sorry, my bad - please replace in the case of Israel "vassal" with "ally".

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:55 | 7183285 COSMOS
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Replace Israel with 'EFFENDI master of goys'.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 00:36 | 7183692 August
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There are no treaties of "alliance" between the USA and Israel... just endless repetition from the mouths of the USA's political leadership and Legacy Media:  Israel is our friend and ally.  

As I recall, Mr. Goebbels and his boss had some insights into this technique.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:14 | 7183150 Pheonyte
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I see a few buildings that are still standing. We clearly need to drop more democracy enhancement devices on them.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 11:04 | 7184407 Blankone
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And yet people think the refugees move to EU countries because they are lazy.

With the internet and electronics those people are more aware and realize it is better to move instead of staying put and suffering for a couple generations or more.  In thel old days they did not know better and would die in the rubble.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:02 | 7183117 Seek_Truth
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"I read that was going to happen In a book ."

It sure is something- isn't it?

Everything that book states keep coming true- yet most ignore its contents.

Isaiah 17.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:14 | 7183151 knukles
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Isn't that interesting.  And now, on to the Chapter about Gog and Megog.

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 12:16 | 7184709 bilbert
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I liked the chapter about Pete and Repete.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:46 | 7183256 roisaber
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It's not a prophecy, it's the New World Order's script. YHWH was the earliest All-Seeing-Eye in the Sky, the OG one world one religion one language centrally planned monarch. Fuck YHWH, fuck his book, and fuck the NWO.

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