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What Trump’s exit from Syria would mean for Assad, Putin and America’s global image

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 April, 2018, 1:28pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 April, 2018, 1:28pm

US President Donald Trump has signalled his intention to withdraw 2,000 US troops from Syria and also freeze US funding for recovery efforts in the war-ravaged nation (“Trump tells advisers he wants US troops out of Syria, placing him at odds with Pentagon”, March 31).

Trump has thus, in principle, stated that America would exit from the Syrian imbroglio, and told advisers as much. He has also ordered the State Department to freeze more than US$200 million in funds for Syria while his team reassesses Washington’s role in the conflict there. This will be unfortunate.

America’s presence was a balancing factor in the war, whereby Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ally, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, were reined in to some extent.

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The United States has played a vital and determining role in resolving global conflicts or balancing dictators since the second world war.

Now that the US is said to be en route to becoming self-sufficient in oil, as crude oil and natural gas production continues to grow in the country, it is possible that America will become a little more insular.

This would be unfortunate. For the power and presence of America’s military force has been a factor in preventing dictators and despots from pursuing their dreams aggressively across the globe.

Ordinary citizens slept a bit more peacefully for the presence of America in resolving global conflicts. If America withdraws totally, the rest of the world will have to learn to sleep with one eye open.

Rajendra Aneja, Mumbai