Syria And Iraq Invade My Memories Today

We have lately become transfixed by the offensive on Mosul let alone by the presidential elections in Lebanon. Both are necessary and well overdue, but whether we think of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, or elsewhere in the MENA region, we surely realise that war alone will not resolve those conflicts. We need to find the elusive strategy that heals the fault-lines in the whole region from the aggregate miseries of endemic poverty and heavy-handed oppression. The solution is political, not military. Poverty and oppression sow the seeds of radicalism and terror. So do we have the foresight, resources or energy to muster a long-term plan, or will we only try to put out the bushfires today in the haunting knowledge that they might rear their ugly heads and harm us all again soon?

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