Monday, April 4, 2016
Assad No Friend of Palmyra and its People
French archaeologist Annie Sartre-Fauriat explains that Palmyra is just another pawn for Assad and his regime. According to Sartre-Fauriat, Assad's military first bombarded the site and then looted it, before abandoning it to ISIS in the hopes that what ISIS would do to the site would help encourage Western intervention on Assad's behalf. That didn't happen, but Assad's and Putin's propaganda machines have made the most out of Palmyra's recapture. Of course, Palmyra and its modern population are best out of ISIS' hands, but Assad's record is far from ideal.