Saturday 10 December 2016

A simple phone call about Aleppo can elevate Trump

Published 23/11/2016 | 02:30

A damaged school playground after shelling in government-held western Aleppo. Photo: REUTERS
A damaged school playground after shelling in government-held western Aleppo. Photo: REUTERS

There are probably a number of pressing issues for president-elect Donald Trump to busy himself with over coming days; but none carries more moral force than the agony of Aleppo's children.

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Were he to pick up the phone and ask President Putin to use his influence on Syria's President Assad to call a halt to the appalling suffering, he would demonstrate the efficacy of soft-power, and reveal himself an international statesman, at a stroke.

The incessant bombardment has degraded Aleppo's remaining hospitals - on the rebel-held side - to the extent that they can no longer provide care.

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