By Luca Mouzannar
After 33 Turkish soldiers died under the Syrian regime, Turkey’s Erdogan announced major retaliation against Bashar Al-Assad.
On Thursday 27 February, Syrian drones hit Turkish targets in the province of Idlib, the last stronghold of the Islamic State. The Syrian regime tried to purge the region of terrorists at the end of last year, but it was forced to sign a ceasefire treaty which was supervised by Russia. After The U.S withdrawal from Syria, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with American President Donald Trump to discuss binary strategies. Now, the war has restarted with tensions higher than ever. In the past, active states in the regions tended to be more delicate with their firepower, but today, the gloves are off.
After announcing the death of more than 300 Syrian troops, Erdogan informed the local media that it will open its door to refugees who seek to reach Europe. It goes without saying that Europe’s refugee crisis has led to the rise of nationalism in many of its countries, including the United Kingdom. But how will it benefit Trump?
Believe it or not, Trump’s nationalism loves the refugee crisis. Without foreigners to demonise, his ideology is helpless. We’ve seen in the past his attempts at disseminating his ideology with some success (notably Brexit), but possibly the worst is yet to come. Tensions in the region have depressed the younger generation, and many of those seeking a better life will flee the war and go to Europe. And so it would appear that Europe’s treatment of migrants is heavily influenced by America’s influence.