UNSCR 2254 and the Big Corruption
Prior to 2011, estimates of the looted proportion of the annual GDP resulting from corruption in Syria ranged between 20 and 40 percent. While obtaining accurate estimates now is more difficult, it is not difficult to envisage that this proportion has increased.
If these outrageous levels of corruption are one of the most important factors that dragged Syria into the current catastrophe, then continuance and deepening thereof, in conjunction with Western sanctions and the crisis-inflicted conditions, have led the Syrian people today to catastrophic conditions in every sense of the word.
In such circumstances, the existing and adopted economic and financial policies remain clung to the dollar and timid to the point of refraining from “moving east”, in an economic sense. Furthermore, these policies are applied in collusion with the biggest corrupt figures and crisis dealers working against the Syrian people.
Such a reality indicates without any doubt, that the degree of overlap between the forces of big corruption and the state apparatus has reached an unprecedented level, that the big corruption virtually dominates the state apparatus, and talk of partial solutions here and there is meaningless. Rather, changing the economic, political, and legal structure has become a mandatory way to uproot major corruption and, consequently, solve people's problems and end their suffering.
Since the forces of major corruption are well-aware of their enemy, they – through their penetration into the state apparatus and entanglement in its structure – impose a low level of political freedoms, which prevents Syrians from taking the initiative to make the necessary radical changes to the structure that has become a threat to the continuation of the state itself.
In this sense, the political solution through UNSC Resolution 2254, as an entry point for Syrians to raise their voices and choices in achieving their self-determination, has become the only approach to radically change the structure, starting with the legal structure through the constitution, in addition to all the other various aspects – political, economic, and social.
It is only by radically changing the structure, by the Syrian people’s own hands and in their interests, that the state apparatus can be purged of the dominance of the forces of big corruption, and consequently it will be possible to achieve actual growth figures, break the Western siege, and get rid of the brokers that serve Western interests, such as importers and others. Moreover, this will make it possible to spin the economic wheel toward a new model that breaks the dependent economic pattern in Syria, and shift the massive imbalance in the distribution of wealth, which up to this point is in the interest of a few plunderers (where more than 90% of the reproduced wealth goes to less than 10% of the Syrians).
Only through this change, can the Syrian people emerge out of their tragedy in its various aspects and dimensions (economic, social, security, and political). In order for this change to be possible, the voice and will of the Syrian people must be raised, something that is not possible without a comprehensive political solution based on UNSCR 2254, the implementation of which has not only become an entry point to resolve the crisis, but also to the very survival of Syria as a country and a people.
Kassioun Editorial, Issue No. 951, February 03, 2020.