Op-Ed: In Syria, is the worst yet to come?
Joint op-ed by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), SE Cupp (CNN) and Suzanne Meriden (Syrian American Council)
Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joined his colleague, and co-chair of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus, Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), CNN political commentator SE Cupp, and Suzanne Meriden of the Syrian American Council in writing an op-ed for CNN.com over the weekend. The full piece can be found here, and a few excerpts from the article can be found below:
“Many Americans probably think that the war in Syria is over. That is, if they think about the war in Syria at all. But that is far from the case.”
“As devastating a humanitarian crisis as the Syrian war has been, resulting in not only a genocide of half a million people but also in the displacement of millions more, it seems the Assad regime isn't quite done. The worst might be yet to come.
“Last month, Assad told Russian media of a new offensive to conquer the crucial northwestern Idlib province, the Syrian opposition's last stronghold in the country.
“The province is currently home to nearly three million people, many of whom have escaped other besieged territories. The coming campaign in Idlib could be among the worst yet, prompting the United Nations to warn this month of a potential "civilian bloodbath" that could send 700,000 Syrians across dangerous borders or into the unforgiving grip of the Assad regime.
“If the 2016 Aleppo massacre — in which the Assad regime's assault claimed hundreds of civilian lives — was bad, this could be significantly worse.”
“With important and competing news breaking in our own backyards, it's easy to see why Americans may have forgotten about the crisis in Syria. But Assad has not and, make no mistake, he isn't done slaughtering his own people yet. It's too late to save the 500,000 who have already lost their lives, but it's not too late to stop the coming offensive in Idlib, which will, by all estimates, be horrific.
“Assad is hoping we don’t care. We must prove him wrong.”