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Aleppo's agony

Aleppo's agony

Secretary of State John Kerry is set to arrive in Lausanne, Switzerland, Saturday to try once more to forge a cease fire in Syria's five-year civil war that will allow humanitarian aid to reach hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped by the fighting in Aleppo and other cities. Given past failures to achieve a pause in the carnage, the prospects for success this time appear remote at best. Nevertheless the U.S. must at least try to avert an ongoing humanitarian catastrophe, if only to protest the criminal violence being inflicted on innocent civilians by Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies.

The desperate situation in Aleppo, the country's...