Syrian convulsions will end only with partition and population exchanges that would establish a threshold of religious, ethnic, national, or other homogeneity within the new boundaries necessary for citizens safely to rely more on law than on guns. That is the plan the Carter Center should be advocating.
The EU should make funds for Turkey contingent on the government's performance, with benchmarks for integrating refugees into Turkish society. All of Europe, including Turkey, has a legal and moral responsibility to provide for war-torn victims. Rescue and resettlement are more noble that profiteering from human misery.
For the past 4 years, Syria has been decimated by an ugly civil war -- hundreds of thousands have died, millions have been displaced, the economy has collapsed, and society has been dismantled. During my time here in the Chicago, however, I have gotten just the glimpse of hope I've been longing for.
At a news conference at the United Nations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov may have been on thin ice when he defended Russian intervention on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. He pointed to the chaos that followed US targeting of other Arab autocrats like Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.
BERLIN -- Only a month since German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country to a historic influx of refugees, Germans have begun to worry about the limits of their country's capacities. And talk of integration brings up an even larger question: how does a country afraid of national identity present itself to newcomers?
The America that I grew up in is one that also raised refugee children. It wasn't always easy to embrace foreigners -- and traumatized ones at that -- and it took a monetary investment, but from a distance of 40 years, we can clearly see how that investment paid off multifold. It is not only the distress of refugees that must capture our hearts, but the potential of resettlement that should engage our minds.
After a two-year absence from the international stage -- during which the mainstream media dispatched them to the realm of nonexistent entities -- on October 1 the "moderate rebels" of Syria were back. The New York Times said so. Russian attacks were targeting moderates rather than ISIS, a man with a camera was quoted saying; and the Times story by Anne Barnard appeared to confirm his suspicion; even as a companion report on Russian actions in Syria by Helene Cooper, Michael R. Gordon, and Neil MacFarquhar revealed that these are the same moderates who were carefully vetted by the CIA, and concerning whom little was heard ever after. Their numbers are put at 3,000 to 5,000, though the Cooper-Gordon-MacFarquhar article leaves uncertain if that is their original or their present strength.