Solving Syria

My Plea to Merkel

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A man sits in the rubble of Aleppo, Syria.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The international community remains divided about how to tackle the situation in Syria, with Germany advocating diplomacy and others force.

  • Facts


    • Chancellor Angela Merkel is being hailed as a saviour because of her efforts to help Syrian refugees in Germany.
    • The Syrians’ hopes that they would be rescued have been dashed before, by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    • Germany is expecting up to a million refugees this year.
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These days, the web is full of words and images praising Chancellor Angela Merkel as a hero. TV images show Syrian refugees, after they have finally made it to Germany, showering the chancellor with gratitude.

I’ve seen her compared to Mother Teresa and to King Negus of Abyssinia, who protected Muslims. We Syrians are grateful because the Germans have welcomed us with open arms.

But I also hope that my fellow Syrians don’t forget that Ms. Merkel is not the first head of state who has been seen as a savior during the civil war, which has now lasted four years.

The Syrian people had already hoped that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would bring down the regime of President Bashar Assad. But Mr. Erdogan failed. Then the Syrians believed they had found a savior in Saudi Arabian King Salman, but the king also failed.

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