Europe does not have a Syria policy, at least not one that acknowledges what’s happening in the war-torn Arab country.
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is increasingly likely to win the brutal imposed conflict that has ravaged the country for the past eight years.
European leaders have yet to decide what to do “The Day After” for the simple reason that they were not banking on Damascus coming out on top.
The Zionist proxy war in Syria has killed 500.000 people and caused a massive $500 billion destruction, which created millions of refugees fleeing to Turkey, Lebanon and Europe.
Now Assad is reasserting his authority over his own population and consolidating his territorial gains. His government is seeking to establish central control and rejecting anything it perceives as foreign pressure or interference.
The situation is bleak. The Syrian government has not enough resources to rebuild the country, after most of their oil field and refineries have been annexed and occupied by the US military in Northern Syria.
Punitive Western sanctions have resulted in severe shortages in gas, fuel and electricity. The price of food and other goods has shot up, inflation is on the rise and wages have largely remained at a pre-war rate.
Residents are forced to queue for hours at a time at petrol stations or to obtain cooking gas canisters.
Europe has explicitly stated it will not engage or normalize relations with Damascus, nor send aid for reconstruction, until its aggravating political conditions are met?
If Europe is to get what it wants on issues that affect national politics within its own borders, including security, terrorism, migration, asylum seekers and the question of refugee return, it has to adapt to what’s actually happening on the ground.
It’s no secret that this next chapter in Syria is one Europeans can’t agree on how to approach.
Europe has found no common ground on what its goals for Syria’s future should be. Countries like the United Kingdom, France and Germany have remained wedded to the a political transition.
Others, such as Italy, Poland and Hungary, largely driven by realistic domestic agendas, want Europe to reengage with Assad so they can start sending refugees back to Syria.
Europe urgently needs to come up with a policy that acknowledges the outcome of the war but still salvages some of its core principles.
Blog Factory UK / ABC Flash Point News 2019.