Sounds like a bad Nicholas Sparks novel
“What is our fault in all of this?” – Nahla Mustafa, Raqqa resident.
Maybe if they had a beach?
Even thought it’s been six months since the Islamic state had control of Raqqa, the city is still a wasteland, thanks to the slow pace of reconstruction efforts. Which are being hampered by things like the fact that there’s still a war on elsewhere and, oh yeah, landmines still littering the landscape.
The city’s residents feel forgotten by the world, and since the international community’s gearing up to respond to Assad’s latest chemical attack, that’s not entirely true.
Just feels true to the people of Raqqa.
What’s in it for US? Get it…because it’s like “us,” but…never mind
Besides the fact that the country is still insecure AF, the other problem facing Raqqa is how and when the international community plans to start rebuilding it and the other countries in Syria that are currently little more than bumpy parking lots.
Much of that is contingent on the ending of combat operations, establishment of a way forward with the existing government, and convincing that same government and its international partners to stop dropping chemicals on their own people.
And people like Trump are trying to find ways for other countries to foot the bill for putting Syria back together again. Which isn’t entirely unreasonable, but by ceding the lead on that to someone else, the Americans set the tone for the slow pace of recovery.
Once we’ve got this wall done, we’re on it
While the US is super happy with dumping billions more into defense spending in this year’s budget, the Trump administration does not seem to grasp the concept of spending commensurate dollars on things like reconstruction.
Some of that’s plain old racism, but some of it is the bitter lessons learned(ish) from American efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. That latter country continues to make a giant sucking sounds as US aid dollars are flushed away with seemingly little return.
However, Syria isn’t capable of rebuilding itself. And the delay means the potential for a new insurgency, comprised of people tired of being tired. The kind of people more than happy to take up arms again if they feel like that would change anything.