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What comes first in Syria

Aug 01,2018 - Last updated at Aug 01,2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin is now touting the need to reconstruct Syria from the ravages of the eight-year armed conflict and rehabilitate it in the face of the millions of Syrian refugees in exile waiting impatiently to return to their country when normalcy returns to their homeland.

Not so fast, French President Emmanuel Macron retorted, and not before the introduction of real democracy to the country. Otherwise, France and other like-minded nations in the world say, the international community would be rewarding the Syrian regime for all the killings and destruction it has caused to its own people.

It makes sense that the rebuilding of Syria from scratch be linked to the establishment of a pluralistic democracy and respect for human rights in the country before pouring in aid and support. The release of detainees and prisoners, estimated to be in the many thousands, who have been unlawfully incarcerated by the regime in Damascus, could be a good start. Accounting for all the disappeared people could be second in order. Holding free and fair elections under the auspices of the UN is certainly sine qua non to any big investments in Syria.

Russia may have "finished" the military dimension of the Syrian conflict by intervening with all its might on the side of Damascus back in September 2015, but it has not established the proper foundation for the rule of law and real democracy in the country. Bypassing these elementary conditions is not warranted and no country would want to take part in the reconstruction of Syria in the absence of these basic developments.

The sooner that Russia and the Syrian government can agree to the establishment of effective democracy and human rights in the country, the sooner could the reconstruction of Syria from the ashes of the war begin. Besides, Moscow owes it to itself to be associated with the return of pluralistic and effective democracy in Syria, especially when it holds most of the cards on the fate of the country.

It is, after all, the image of the Russian Federation that is at stake. Hopefully, Russia would choose to be associated with democracy and human rights in Syria and not with tyranny and systematic violation of human rights.

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Would it be very rude to tell the French President 'to mind his own business' ?

I DO AGREE WITH THIS EDITORIAL BUT THE IDEA OF A DIFFERENT ALGORITHM IS NOT NOT NECESSAY AND WILL NOT WORK FOR THE FOLLOWING REASON(S);
1) IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THE SYSTEM HAS ALWAYS BEEN " WINNER TAKES ALL "
2) JUST AS ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY, DEMOCRACY IN THE ARAB WORLD IS NOT EVEN POSSIBLE NEVER MIND IN FEW YEARS
3) CASE IN POINT, WHY DID WE NOT ASK THE IRAQ CITIZENS TO WAIT UNTIL DEMOCRACY, LAW AND ORDER SETTLES IN.
4) UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS WHY NO ONE SHOULD START ANY WAR NEVER MIND WARS. ONCE CHAOS IS CREATED, IT TAKES CENTURIES TO THERMODYNAMICALLY CONTROL THE SYSTEM. CAN WE LEARN FROM IRAQ, LYBIA AND SO ON.
FINALLY, IT IS SAD TO SEE PEOPLE RETURNING INTO ANY ZONE WHERE ANARCHY STILL RULES BUT THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO DO IT. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THE PALESTINIANS ALL LEFT HOME AND / OR FAILLED TO RETURN BACK 50 YEARS AGO? WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN IN THIS CASE IS THAT RECONSTRUCTIONS SHOULD START WITHOUT DELAY WHILE CITIZENS SHOULD SIMULTENOUSLY BE TRICKLING BACK TO THEIR HOMES OR WHAT EVER IS LEFT OF WHAT USE TO BE THEIR HOMES. THE UN TEAM OF OBSERVERS SHOULD BE STATIONED AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS TO PROTECT ALL CITIZENS AND FINALLY IN MY OPINION NO COUNTRY THAT DIRECTLY AND / OR INDIRECTLY AIDED THE REBELS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BENEFIT FROM THE SAID RECONSTRUCTIONS.

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