from Rogue Money:
Hundreds of residents gathered at Al Azizieh Square in western Aleppo on Tuesday, to watch the Christmas tree lights being turned on, in an attempt to establish some sense of normality in a city that has been a focal point of the Syrian conflict. [Note the flags of the Russian Federation and Hezbollah alongside those of the Syrian Arab Republic – JWS]
A video is worth a thousand words.
Well, pilgrims, this is the Aziziya neighborhood in West Aleppo. It is a very multi-confessional district. I particularly like the brass band in Santa suits. They appear to be playing the Syrian National Anthem. Note the two comely teen aged girl scouts standing near the band. The display of flags is interesting; Syria, Russia, Hizbullah. One of our German correspondents on SST informed us the other day that there are now some Christian members of Hizbullah, the Lebanese Shia militia. This would make sense because after the 2006 war against Israel Hizbullah assigned priority of its own reconstruction money to Christians in south Lebanon. The tree has a Lebanese cedar emblem on it so I suppose it came from there. The MSM portrays Aleppo as a smoking ruin. What do you say about this, [(P)MSNBC’s Morning] Joe
— Partisangirl (@Partisangirl) December 21, 2016
Christians in Aleppo Syria light first Christmas Tree in 5 yrs. W/ thankful posters for: Bashir Assad, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani pic.twitter.com/6nGiQlr0yj
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) December 22, 2016
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