Why do I say the news from Syria is semi-great?
Well, here’s the great part, as reported by Benjamin Hall at foxnews.com:
BAGHOUZ, Syria — The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated.
It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone.
None of the main surviving ISIS leaders have been caught inside Baghouz. Instead, they left their men to fight alone. It’s thought they prepared ahead for the insurgency.
The scale of the devastation here is incredible. And everyone acknowledges that without U.S. support, it would have taken far longer.
Great, great, gerat. ISIS no longer controls any territory (though, as should have been expected, its brave “leaders” bugged out to save their own skins, leaving the suckers they recruited to be punished).
But here’s what makes this only semi-great: in the absence of ISIS, Syria remains under the rule of brutal mass-murdering dictator bashar al-assad.
All things considered, al-assad is probably preferable to ISIS. But That’s like saying being guillotined is preferable to being chopped into pieces. Either way you’re dead and mutilated…which is where Syria is right now.
I pity every Syrian.