Peter Jukes on his ambiguous legacy of bloodletting and self-preservation.
Meantime, Syrians still drown in bloodletting, chaos, and refugees, while the Assad side weakens only by endless inches.
He shrugged, “I did not expect it to go on this long,” he said of the bloodletting that had cost 100,000 lives.
bloodletting blood·let·ting (blŭd'lět'ĭng)
The theropeutic removal of blood, usually from a vein.