I found this portion of the article ironic:
"The official, wildly optimistic, unemployment rate was 8 percent. The true figure was likely closer to 20 percent. Given Damascus’s chronic underestimations, youth unemployment and female unemployment were both likely substantially higher than the official rates of around 20 percent."
Does this remind one of another country somewhat closer to home?
Then we have this odd statement that belies the suggestions of the rest of the article:
"Indeed, the international community lacked trained officials in both post-conflict and post-sanction countries. Those skilled and dedicated people are the important missing resource."
So not only does the writer assume that the Syrian people lack the necessary skills to rebuild their economy he also bemoans the fact that the organisations he wants to send in to do so also lack these skills.
Now here we are eighteen months later and no resolution in sight. The "international community" i.e. the US and all its hangers-on, have imposed sanctions on Syria crippling its economy and have funded and armed the terrorists they cynically call "rebels" and the Free Syrian Army, that they are otherwise supposed to be fighting against in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
This is not the way to "help" the people of Syria. The record of the "International community" is a litany of destruction and failure all over the world. The only ones to profit from their actions have been the military industrial complex and all the other banker and corporate criminals. Their modus operandi is now becoming evident to everyone and the day of reckoning is fast approaching.
It is a race between the warmongers and the people of the world. The former need to start WWIII to cover up their crimes. The latter want to bring them all to justice. Who will win the race? My belief is the people of the world, with help from the divine messengers.
"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)
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