War and Madness

The cold numbers are the first thing that hit you. Figures telling of a human catastrophe on a scale hard to compute. Suffering on a level to which any rational response seems inadequate – 470,000 people killed, according to the latest estimates; 11.5 percent of the population injured; 45 percent of a country of 22 million made homeless; 4 million refugees and 6.36 million internally displaced persons. Life expectancy is down from 70.5 years in 2010 to an estimated 55.4 years in 2015. Welcome to the Syrian civil war.

For those of us who have covered the war closely, these are not just numbers in black and white. They have behind them searing images and memories impossible to erase.

  • simus1

    Much like the Spanish Civil War.
    While the contending sides stay fairly evenly matched the blood will flow like water.

  • Minicapt

    122mm D-30 Gun-Howitzers.


  • mauser 98

    Barry & Hill dual Nobel Prizes

  • canminuteman

    F!@K em, they can stop any time they like.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I don’t believe the term civil war has any context in Arab societies. They don’t appear to BE fighting for anything other than the further mass murder of each other for its own sake and to prevent others from mass murdering them. This will go on for as long as they are capable of doing so because that is the sole purpose in and of itself.