It is undeniable that Syria is a country in trouble. The West has tried to smother their guilt by leaving the doors wide open and allowing any and all to invade our countries. One look at Germany and Sweden is proof of how poorly that worked.
When people in America say they don’t want refugees here, they are accused of being racist or xenophobic. Few liberals want to admit that we can’t help a whole country by allowing them all to flood ours. Despite the open-door policy of Europe and North America, more than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the country’s war began in 2011. Clearly, this solution isn’t working.
Earlier this year during the first travel ban attempt, President Trump suggested safe zones be built within Syria to help protect the innocent. His idea was barely acknowledged amidst all the crying over his racism.
Yesterday Russia, Turkey, and Iran came to an agreement to erect safe zones in Syria. The United Nations stated that they see it as the beginning of the end of the six-year war. Some of the rebel delegation that attended the meeting certainly did not agree. Reporters said they left the room angrily as the signing took place.
The United States has expressed optimistic caution about the deal, with good reason. The hope is that the plan to build these “de-escalation areas” will be a step in a positive direction but with Iran in the mix, there is a danger.
While the agreement calls for a “ceasefire, a ban on all flights, rapid deliveries of humanitarian aid, and the return of refugees,” there is some concern over Iran’s commitment. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, “Iran’s activities in Syria have only contributed to the violence, not stopped it, and Iran’s unquestioning support for the Assad regime has perpetuated the misery of ordinary Syrians.”
Still, with few other options for peace, the idea has merits. Nauert expressed the hope of America. “We nonetheless hope that this arrangement can contribute to a de-escalation of violence, end the suffering of the Syrian people, and set the stage for a political settlement of the conflict.”