Shelagh Fogarty is Leading Britain's Conversation.
13 December 2016, 14:50
Following the UN announcement of 82 civilian deaths in war-torn Aleppo, James O'Brien passionately sums up why the conflict has been so disastrous.
Women and children were among the civilians killed by Assad forces in what a UN official has called "a complete meltdown of humanity".
James on 'complete meltdown of humanity' in Aleppo
"We were supposed to be finding the good good guys, not the bad good guys" says James O'Brien following reports 82 civilians have been shot and killed across four neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo.
The UN's Human Rights Office said that victims are being 'shot in the street' across four different neighbourhoods
Following the news, James O'Brien passionately summed up why the situation is so catastrophic: "We were supposed to be finding the good good guys, not the bad good guys.
"So all the people fighting Assad were the good good guys until someone pointed out half of them are ISIS, so they became the bad good guys, so now we need to find the good guys.
"So the idea was that we dropped loads of guns in the middle of Syria, confident that the good good guys would get them in the bad good guys never would. That's what happens when you think certainty is possible."