Twice during 2018, the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey met to discuss their various interests in Syria. On both occasions, their concluding joint statement called upon the rest of the world to assist in repairing the damage caused by the ongoing Syrian civil war, in which they had intervened on behalf of one faction or another. In their Joint Statement of April 4, the presidents:
“… Called upon the international community, particularly the UN and its humanitarian agencies, to increase its assistance to Syria by sending additional humanitarian aid, facilitating humanitarian mine action, restoring basic infrastructure assets, including social and economic facilities, and preserving historical heritage;”
Identical wording was included in their Final Statement of July 31.
One is amazed by the audacity wherewith those foreign interveners, who have caused the most destruction in Syria, call upon the rest of the world to foot the bill for rebuilding what they themselves have demolished. All the more so, given that after both meetings Russia resumed its bombing and Iran its land attacks in parts of Syria that had been declared “de-escalation zones” in earlier agreements that also included the United States. The Russian defense ministry indeed reported this August that its air force has killed “over 86,000 militants,” a figure that — whether or not it includes innocent civilians — forms a substantial proportion of the total deaths in the civil war.