While the world focuses on the battle with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the situation in Syria grinds on with the United States playing the role of spoiler.
But the place itself, we have no interest in it. I mean, we have no major economic interests, right? The Assad regime does not pose a direct threat to the United States and so on, but it’s at the crossroads of all these other issues. So it’s hard to get the level of commitment right. Because to a lot of people, it just doesn’t seem to make sense.
"...that’s why we are pursuing what we think is a smart policy, a very limited American military presence for a very specific goal, to go after ISIS. Supporting military operations of other countries, in various ways, Turkey, Israel, in focusing on economic and diplomatic pressure. Our military presence, while small is important to this whole overall calculation. So we urge the Congress, the American people, the president to keep these forces on. But again, this isn’t Afghanistan. This isn’t Vietnam. This isn’t a quagmire. My job is to make it a quagmire for the Russians.
This chronic food shortage has led the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations to assist Syria's farmers to grow food as shown here:
Obviously, it is very clear that Syrians are suffering even as the nine-year-long civil war winds down.
Now, let's look at two news items that didn't get widespread coverage in the West:
Source: Viable Opposition