The last 40 years of the history of the Middle Eastern country from the point of view of a special witness
- The Syrian war seems to slowly be reaching its end and Assad’s regime may no longer require a strong military presence of foreign fighters on its soil. But what about the welfare system those foreign fighters have helped establish? Would it also disappear with the retreat of Shiites militias? If so, then the government will remain interested in having Hezbollah on its territory to support its very delicate attempts to mend the deep fractures that the war created inside the Syrian society.
- Civil war continues in Syria. Rebel troops advance but Assad’s army resists. International pressure remains divided – the West and Sunni Arab countries on one side: Russia and Iran on the other – even if Moscow is acknowledging that the Alawite regime appears to be weakening day by day and an agreed solution is being timidly sought. This would be the best of solutions if the Kremlin’s intentions were honest, or at best, a less bloody solution. An impotent UN has stated that there are now over 60,000 war victims.