The American and Syrian Crises, and 2254
As the overall American crisis deepens with its various dimensions – economic, social, political, and even cultural and ideological – its repercussions frequently reflect on Washington’s foreign policies.
With regards to three hottest files in U.S. foreign files, Trump has dropped three bombs over the past few days. First, his comments on changing his stance on trade agreements with China. Secondly, his comments on being prepared to extend the START III treaty with Russia. Thirdly, his statements about seeking an agreement with Iran. This is all in contrast to his previous positions, in which the main governing stance was to get out of various types of agreements and with various parties. If this is the case in the large files, then it is not difficult to conclude that the consequences will include, in effect, the smaller files, including the Syrian file.
Exploring the depths of the current American crisis is still a subject of great controversy around the world, but what cannot be overlooked in it are the following matters:
1- The crisis is highly structured and includes all aspects – it is not financial, economic, military, social, etc., but rather all and more at the same time.
2 - The masses taking to the streets again in the US is no different in essence from the masses taking to the streets again in the whole world; a return that was imposed by the rotting of the existing international system and the even greater rotting of its primary center: Washington.
3- The collapse of the global role of the dollar, and the accompanying collapse of the system of international relations emerging after the Cold War, has become inevitable.
4- This collapse will be the foundation for the formation of a new international relations system that is different in its coordinates from all that humankind has experienced over the past several centuries.
The primary concern for the majority of Syrians today is their increasingly worsening living conditions, which has brought their poverty rate to more than 90% and has even led to hundreds of thousands and possibly millions to absolute poverty and starvation. However, this does not detract from the importance of the events in the US, we even claim that it gives it special and profound meaning regarding Syria itself, particularly Syrians’ economic and living conditions.
The deep roots of the Syrian crisis, inherent in the nature of the socio-economic and political system that has prevailed for decades, are absolutely inseparable from the international situation and its developments. The trends in the evolution of this system have been historically reinforced in the context of Western domination and authoritarianism.
In concrete terms, the process of restructuring the Syrian economy and the Syrian situation as a whole, which took several decades, but accelerated in particular since 2005 with liberal policies, this process was part of a global wave of Western origins and goals. This wave aimed at transferring the crises of Western centers towards the periphery by intensifying their dependency and submission, and subsequently their plundering, corruption, and dominance over their populations, to the point of detonating therein chaos and wars that would constitute an obstacle to the rising rivals and create “quagmires” in which said rival drown.
In the same context, the US has worked over the past years to prevent the resolution of the Syrian crisis, even to deepen it, and has used various means, foremost of which is the prevention of the implementation of UNSC resolution 2254 to stop the radical comprehensive change that would drive the Americans, their chaos, and their direct and indirect agents from Syria.