The Syrian Migration Crisis and Civil War
The current Syrian Refugee Crisis and European Migration Crisis result directly from a prolonged Syrian Civil War. The Arab Spring of some five years ago rocked Syria when various anti-Assad forces starting a civil war–protesting alleged brutality of Assad’s regime. In the midst of the first steps of the war, a terrorist group, ISIS, took charge of the Syrian-Iraqi border region, taking advantage of the chaos of the civil war. Iran and later Russia came to the support of Assad with the Western powers supporting anti-Assad forces with simultaneously fighting ISIS. Many Syrians, fleeing the complex, never-ending carnage of the war fled to Europe. The Europeans have not and do not necessarily accept the migrants. Many nations have closed their borders to curb immigration. Sweden and Germany have begun the process of ending “open border” policies that allowed migrants to enter their countries.
A solution to Syria’s Civil War is not easy. The reality is that Syria will continue to be a hot bed of violence if Iran and Russia-backed Assad forces retake the country, as seems likely. An Iran-backed Syria will continually be used for Anti-Israel military actions from Iranians in Tehran, employing Syrian as a puppet in their proxy war against the Jewish state. Another issue to a solution of the civil war is that ISIS is still yet to be totally defeated. The future of a free, democratic Syria with close relations with its neighbors seems very dark and unlikely.
In Europe and North American, a solution to the Migration Crisis of fleeing Syrians perhaps has a possibility of working. The Western powers must attempt to remove xenophobia from immigration policies. At the same time, the West ought to ensure that the Syrian immigrants entering the country are screened and that further measures are used to monitor some immigrants that apparently seems sympathetic to ISIS or Jihadism.
by Shane Byerly
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