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Old 15-10-2019, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by cockneyrebel View Post
Most reports say Assad is responsible for the big majority of the war crimes, torture and rape. He controls vast prisons that carry that out.
Reports tend to be focused on what the media position tends to be. I don't doubt its the case, but when we talk about war crimes, we do tend to talk about the ones that interest us the most (ie we rarely talk about war crimes committed by the allies during WWII - for example the might 101st Airborne lost more troops due to rape convictions than from enemy fire following the Normandy landings).

Problem with war crimes is that it cannot be reduced to a well 'x' was worse than 'y'.

For example, the UN in September accused SDF of levelling entire villages.

What tends to happen is that reporting gets phrased differently. The 'evil side' bomb civilians, where as the 'good guys' blame it on human shields.

The nature of civil war is that it is brutal, genocidal and horrific even by the standards of war. During the Yugoslavian conflict, all sides were committing autrocities, the Serbians, the Croats and the Bosnians. The Serbian crimes were largely more significant because at the time they were winning.

The SDF probably aren't as bad as Assads regime, but I suspect they're not anywhere near a definition of acceptable either.
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