Saturday, February 06, 2016

Grand solutions are killing the Syrian people

Global policy elites implemented their two-pronged answer to the Syrian crisis this week: a fund-raising conference in London for neighbouring countries coping with the refugee influx, and negotiations to end the war in Geneva.

The outcome has been a predictable but nonetheless apparently surprising (to the aforementioned elites) disaster.

London sent the signal that there was billions of dollars on the table to cope with refugees in other countries. Geneva sent the signal that the warring parties in general, and the al-Assad regime in particular, should maximize their military gains before getting dragooned into peace talks.

The outcome: a massive Russian-backed assault on Aleppo, and tens of thousands more refugees headed to neighbouring countries who've been assured that the donors are there to help them cope, something that the al-Assad regime knows as well.

Heckuva job.

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