Syria's Civil War is Far From Over

In this video from the Brookings Creative Lab Unpacked series, Mara Karlin describes the complexity of the Syrian war and its wide array of "actors" from a western perspective. It also raises some questions about what comes next for US policy in facing reconstruction and humanitarian aid. Karlin is an associate professor of the practice of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

From the Washington Post: To Save Syrians ...

Throughout the 7-year struggle in Syria, our Presbyterian partners (the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon – NESSL) have reminded us that they are suffering from proxy wars fostered by various foreign governments and groups – and that if foreign interventions would cease, the Syrians themselves would find a way to end the struggle and the suffering.

Washington Post columnist Max Boot essentially adopts  this perspective in his March 8, 2018 opinion piece saying, “It’s not right…to use Syrians as cannon fodder in a great power rivalry when they have no hope of winning.”  That is not an ideological statement or a very politically satisfying one.  It is simply the moral conclusion that hundreds of thousands of human lives outweigh conflicting political agendas - including our own.  Read the article and decide whether you agree.    

A Note about News Media

There are a number of perspectives on the current crisis in Syria and Lebanon. The US media tend to offer one perspective that is not shared by our partners. We post here additional news sources and links that provide a broader perspective of what is happening in the two countries, by those who have some experience in the region. We encourage all our followers to take in what views are offered and to think critically, pray, and share with one another, that we might clarify the truth in any matter.