In the aftermath, one woman screamed hysterically at a news camera, begging for an American intervention.
"We are getting killed every day," she cried. "Mr. Trump, please, please stop this!"
But there is no help.
Like many of the West's narratives, CBS' story depends on readers believing without any evidence that not only did their "witness" really exist and said what CBS claims they said, but really begged the US to intervene despite seeing what US interventions have done everywhere else in the region over the past two decades.
Extra irony can be drawn from CBS' reporting considering that the US itself has carried out airstrikes and drone attacks on Idlib over the years as well.
As another part of the West's admissions of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist organizations occupying Idlib there have been reports over the years of the US carrying out airstrikes and drone attacks targeting various leaders of Al Qaeda.
A 2016 Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) article titled, "Pentagon Says It Killed Senior Al-Qaeda Leader," admitted:
A U.S. drone strike in Syria killed a senior Al-Qaeda leader who once had ties to Osama bin Laden, the Pentagon said on November 2.
The October 17 strike near Idlib killed Haydar Kirkan, who "was intent on plotting and carrying out attacks against the West," Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said.
The Business Insider in another 2016 article titled, "Egyptian al Qaeda leader killed by US drone strike in Idlib, Syria," would reveal:
Syria's militant Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly the Nusra Front, said on Monday that Egyptian cleric Abu al Faraj al Masri, a prominent member of the militant group, had been killed in a strike by the U.S.-led coalition.
The US finding Idlib to be a seemingly target-rich environment for Al Qaeda leaders and by having carried out military operations there itself not only contradicts its current accusations of Syria and Russia bombing "rebels" and "opposition" groups, but also reveals the US as equally guilty of bombing the population of Idlib whatever the reason as it now claims Syria and Russia are.
Despite the best efforts by CBS and others to sell US intervention in Syria at this late juncture the prospects of US intervention are remote not only because the lies told by media networks like CBS to justify it have run their course, but also because the US is out of options militarily, politically, economically, and even covertly.
Lacking any coherent, viable proxy force on the ground, the US is left with only a few, equally unattractive options including carrying out its own military campaign against Damascus, or having proxies like Israel or Turkey initiate hostilities it can then join in shortly thereafter.
Russian diplomatic efforts to give Turkey an exit from its involvement in Washington's apparently failed proxy war appear to be gaining traction. Turkey will remain for the time being teetering between East and West as its economy and special interests within the spheres of business and politics cultivate ties in both directions.