When did Aleppo fall? - YAŞAR TAŞKIN KOÇ

When did Aleppo fall?

We don't know what kind of a line life unfolds upon, or with which details it progresses. Our knowledge is restricted to ourselves.

We don't know what the 62-year-old driver in Bursa, who left home early in the morning for his morning shift, was thinking moments before he had a heart attack.

About the same time, the buses that were leaving Aleppo were stopped with the gunfire of snipers. We got news that the three injured people died toward the end of the day.

The buses then took to the roads.

We were hearing news for some time that Aleppo is falling.

Two days ago we heard the news that “Aleppo fell.”

When did Aleppo fall?

During 2006 when it was chosen the Islamic Culture Capital?

During 2011 when the first anti-regime movements started?

Or when Syria was taken out of the Ottoman Hinterland with World War I?

Or did it fall when the seventh military force was withdrawing and the Turkish soldiers were attacked with machetes in the streets of Damascus or by the Jordan River late at night?

Or maybe when the Ankara Agreement was signed in a small train station?

Or did Aleppo fall on Jan. 19, 2014, when three trucks were stopped in Hatay?

Or should we say Aleppo fell a year later on Nov. 24, 2015? I mean the morning the Russian plane was downed.

You might say “no, go further back.”

Can we say that it dates back to when Obama announced that it was a red line for Syria to hold chemical and biological weapons in 2012, but despite the White House confirming that the regime used many chemical weapons including sarin on June 14, 2013, and the war ships waiting in the Mediterranean to attack, it was suddenly announced that the decision was left to the Congress to be made on Aug. 31?

Does Aleppo's fall depend on Russia totally supporting the regime after this date?

Or maybe it can be linked to the emergence of Daesh and how it created an international indignation with its high-tech videos?

Or maybe it is connected to Iran's operations that have been ongoing from the very start, but also integrated and simultaneous with Russia's?

Or to the start of the use of the definition of Moderate Opposition or to the surprising geographical deployment of the smaller but effective presence of these opposition forces on the Syria-Israel border along with the actual lands in the north where they are strong?

Or maybe it is connected to Israel's extra quiet attitude among all this turmoil, (except for the quiet bombings that happened from time to time)?

Or maybe it coincides with the time the Soviet bloc made the decision for a new one in the autumn of 1991, as it knew that “it would lose the game”?

If it is hard to follow the course of the small Shiite-Sunni conflicts which started in the 2000s, then lets base it on the period Iraq's Saddam Hussein was toppled or maybe even executed? The damn gates were opened, thus a destructive push was given to sectarian conflicts.

Choose a date that suits you.

There are enough dates, milestones, events and people. You can choose whatever suits you, while you sip your herbal tea and watch the snow. Your choice can be based on your disposition, your sect, ideology or your pleasure.

Maybe a driver in your neighborhood lost his life at that moment.

And the doctor said it was a heart attack.

The doctor might put forward many reasons for the heart attack including genetics, grief, diet or simply bad luck.

Or maybe it can be a person who smoked a lot, or one that gained weight because he left smoking.

We don't know.

We don't know when and where that heart attack started.

All we know is that he had the heart attack in the bus while sitting in the driver's seat, and left behind a grieving family.

We don't know, just like we don't know when Aleppo actually fell.

The only thing we know is that we will never forget the faces of the elderly, the women and children sitting in the bus looking outside from the misty windows waiting to go far away from Aleppo.

But really, what does the sentence “Aleppo fell” mean at the end of those long centuries?

Didn't the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Umayyads, Abbasids, Hamdanis, Mirsadis, Ukaylis, Seljuks, Ottomans and French come and go through Aleppo after the Mesopotamia states?

At the very most, like Aşık Ömer, we will be saying, “Here I come and here I go, may you be merry Aleppo.”

Tomorrow another world, another city, another Aleppo will be founded.


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