As Russia steps up the bombing and slaughter in Syria, now including firing cruise missiles from a thousand miles away,  the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has calculated that 4,219 people were killed in Syria in September 2015.

By Bernd Schwabe in Hannover (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Bernd Schwabe in Hannover (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

SOHR states that 1201 of those killed in September were civilians, including women and children.  The U.S. – led coalition is said to be responsible for 18 of these civilian deaths.

According to the NY Times, Russia today fired 26 medium-range missiles from ships located in the Caspian Sea which are said to have hit 11 targets in Syria. And according to the Russian minister of defense, no civilians were harmed by the missile strikes. How the Russians are so sure of no “collateral damage” at this point is a mystery.

Meanwhile, NATO has told the Russians that Russia’s military intervention will only make things worse in Syria, presuming, I presume, that NATO’s own military intervention in Syria is making things better. So our bombing is good (we’re aiming, with some mistakes, at the bad guys) but Russia’s bombing is bad because they seem not to be bombing enough of the bad guys.

If you are a Syrian trying to live in peace, you are probably not going to care much about who is bombing who or what or why or whom. What you likely want is for all, or at least some, of the shooting and bombing to stop. Dumping more violence into your community won’t impress you; in fact, it will likely encourage you to plead for peace or flee to someplace less violent.

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