Aleppo and the Arab world’s shaken anchors and foundations

Dec 15,2016 – JORDAN TIMES – Rami G. Khouri

The fall of Aleppo to the coalition of Syrian-Iranian-Russian-Hizbollah forces this week is likely to be a symbolic and historical turning point amidst different eras.

How events play themselves out will be determined in the same way as events in Syria have been determined: by the extent of the will or reluctance of individual men and women in power to use force to achieve their strategic aims.

Yet, as is usually the case in this situation in the Middle East, it is impossible to predict what happens next, or how different powers will behave.

This is because of an ever-changing kaleidoscope of personalities, state interests, short-term alliances and surprise indigenous developments like the sudden birth of Daesh two-and-a-half years ago.


The global dominance of the American-led Western system of life, governance, and international reach seems to have run into a serious obstacle in Syria during the past six years, after two decades of the US broadly doing whatever it deemed to be in its interest around the world.


As the global, regional and local structures that shaped our region for the past century all continue to disappear in critical pivots of the Arab world — Syria and Aleppo are the latest — we will have to wait some time until a new constellation of forces emerges from within the region that can rid us forever of drunken colonial officers and indigenous dictators, and find that evasive road to justice, order and stability for the 400 million citizens of the Arab world whose worldly anchors and foundations have all be shaken badly.


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