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The Schizophrenic Syrian War

The last six years of terror have resulted in 207,000 civilian deaths (24,000 children).

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(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - The U.S. finds itself in a schizophrenic Syrian war. Russia supports Syria's president Bashar al-Assad; the U.S. wants him removed. We have, or at least had, a sort of alliance with Russia to share intelligence. Then we attacked a Syrian air base because Syria allegedly used chemical weapons; Trump threatens more such attacks.

Both Russia and the U.S. want ISIS defeated but then we have U.S.-supported rebels fighting Syrian troops. Supposedly, Russia only attacks ISIS, not the U.S.-supported rebels.

Then throw into the mix, the growing tension between Russia and the U.S., i.e., the allegation that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and the U.S. sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea from the Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the death count and the number of refugees will continue to rise. So far the death count in the six-year conflict is 207,000 civilians of which 24,000 were children.

In January 2017, the UN counted 4,863,684 Syrian refugees. Since his inauguration in late January, Trump has tried not once, but twice, to ban Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.

The Constitutionality of the ban will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court next term, beginning in October. Luckily 1,347 Syrian refugees made it into the U.S. during the Trump's administration — more than 40% of them under the age of 14.

Syria's total economic losses so far are calculated at around 255 billion euros, The effects of the war will be felt for decades.

It is estimated that even if the war ended now it would take 10 to 15 years for Syria’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP)-- one of the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country's economy -- to return to pre-conflict levels.

Unfortunately, a lasting settlement of Syria’s civil war remains elusive and the stability of the region precarious. But then again, we have the great "negotiator" as our commander-in-chief.


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jordan July 16, 2017 10:41 pm (Pacific time)

ralph, ISIS isn't even real. It is an intelligence construct to allow the US continued presence in the middle east in its push to topple the govts of Iran and Syria, the two countries left on the PNAC overthrow list.

Ralph E. Stone July 9, 2017 12:35 pm (Pacific time)

Jordan, not true. Both are fighting with each other and with Assad as well. Syrian rebels want to topple Assad, whereas ISIS wants to expand its Caliphate.

jordan June 28, 2017 8:55 pm (Pacific time)

ISIS and the rebels are one and the same, and are financed by the US to overthrow Assad, with the end goal of inciting a greater war with Iran.

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