EDITORIAL | Airstrikes a favourable option to untangle the Middle East?



The recent airstrikes conducted by America in Syria shows that foreign policy with Iran has gone sour again. We can say that the attacks were in retaliation after local militias launched rockets at US forces in Iraq.

It also marked the first US military action under President Biden, who seems to follow the footsteps of former US President Barack Obama, where the latter used drone targeted assassinations against individuals.

Amid the pandemic and vaccine nationalism in many parts of the globe, the Middle East crisis desperately needs a mediator to strengthen its weakness.

For instance, the Iranian Government needs to get its act together because as long as non-state actors in the region are hand in glove with local militias, hidden agendas would topple the international relations bearing in mind that nuclear disarmament is still a long way.

This brings us to Jay Solomon's book The Iran Wars - a better read for any observer who would like to look into the scars indented since the time of the Shah.

The President of the United States, the secret army-Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have been at the tip of the spear, engaging in covert wars across Syria to Yemen, and bringing in much hate and serious repercussion to US forces and citizens working in many global hotspots.

The United Nations, with its member nations, should deescalate tensions and work together to prevent a Benghazi type style of attacks on embassies or a major confrontation.

And yes, here is something one should take note of, half a million Syrians have died and around 5.6 million have been displaced since the war in Syria began in 2011.

The Syria Civil War started during the height of the Arab spring, which also paved the way for terrorist organisations such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda to flourish.


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