President Donald Trump announced his desire to withdraw from Syria as one of his goals as president. I thought about this and it sounded like a good idea. The country of Syria has been a “thorn in the side” of many countries and people for a very long time. Syrian refugees are scattered across the world, like the Jews – desperate to return home, to family, history, their land – the land of their ancestors. Their president has been a “thorn in the side” of many countries and an enigma – what do we do with him? Bashar al-Assad never wanted the throne. Who knew?
Turkey wants its borders back. Iran wants a rumble. Israel just wants its security and safety, as the Jews begin another Yom Kippur. How long has this country and region been in turmoil? Is this a region that we can bring democracy to, or stability at minimum, as past administrations have tried? Is Donald Trump asking those questions, as our young soldiers hold the line?
I have to wonder – maybe it’s time to let the bigger thugs, the leaders of Turkey, Russia, and Syria, battle for their little piece of control and power. They can deal with the little thugs, ISIS, and regional conflicts – long and tribal, some who have no regard for life, culture, or the Syrians. This may be as good as it gets; I get where our president is coming from.
This is decades in the making; what has changed, as American leadership has changed? Is it time to let the age-old turmoil play itself out? We know Russia wants a foothold in the Middle East to control oil. They prop up their fellow thug Assad while stirring the pot, not because they care about the Syrians. What’s Turkey’s stake in this? Is it time to let the major players of this region contend with each other at long last?
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