Syrian Refugees Returning Home
By Micah Halpern
Sunday July 29, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
Refugees are returning to Syria.
Recently, 33 bus loads of refugees - complete families, crossed from southern Lebanon back in to Syria.
They were on their way home.
This was a group of several thousand people. Hundreds of thousands more are preparing for their return. It is the Russians setting the stage for this return. That's because Russia wants to repopulate Syria with Syrians.
And Russia has several reasons for fulfilling that plan.
The most important is to rebuild an economy. Syria needs to return to normal and that requires the million plus refugees now in Lebanon and Jordan to restart their lives back home.
Russia also wants to bolster Assad. The return of refugees will not only bolster Assad, it will afford him stability and the ability to challenge the world view of anti-Assad forces. The future status and stability of the country requires regular civilians to live normal lives.
That is the new norm for Syria. That is Russia's objective.
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