Orient Net - Adam Harb 2016-05-16 12:10:00
SANA, an Assad media outlet, says that some students from Mudamiyet al-Sham were allowed to take their final exams. Although such an action should be normal and unmentionable in any normal place in the world, when Assad regime brags about it, it carries a huge weight of abnormality.
Not knowing the fact that it is Assad regime which is besieging the town, one would rush to thank Assad for his kindness for helping students pursue their studies.
In so doing, the regime is trying to show that it is providing services, salaries, and pensions amid a devastating war, including areas it does not control; Moadamiyeh, as well as Madaya among many other towns and cities, is besieged by the regime and its Iranian militias, which denied relief groups access causing the death of hundreds of civilians from starvation and lack of medical care.
It is to be noted that Madaya’s students have been besieged in the town with no study or exams for about a year; the regime finds it high time now to show the world its “kindness”. In its propaganda, the regime never mentioned that it is the one who has been preventing students, let alone all other civilians, from leading a normal life because of siege, continuous shelling including barrel bombs.
The regime never thought of those students before except one time when its jets were generous enough to throw pieces of paper to on besieged areas asking civilians to surrender and submit to Assad’s oppression; students at that time, unable to find notebooks or even papers to write on, used Assad’s papers for learning purposes.
Strangely enough, the regime’s media talk big about allowing some students (who have been unable to study due to Assad’s siege, starvation and lack of basis life requirements such as medicine or electricity) to leave a besieged town while Siege Watch and the United Nations calculate the number of Syrians living under Assad’s siege at over 1 million.
While giving students a short break from their siege, the regime forces attacked the neighboring city of Daraya, another suburb under siege, with missiles and barrel bombs while not allowing aid deliveries in an attempt to use hunger as a weapon to make Syrians succumb to Assad’s dictatorship.
Though allowing students to go to their exams even in war situations cannot be an act of generosity, a generous person cannot be a killer. Assad’s brutal actions are crystal clear to the whole world and such a deceptive propaganda will not save Assad or even polish his face, mind and hands which are stained with the blood of Syrians.