Graduate school is starting again, and I am enrolled in coursework on top of working nearly full time. Therefore, I can't really do a lot of the research and analysis which has typically gone into many of my blog posts. I can only formulate opinions based on cursory glances at things of interest.
One thing that has caught my eye over the last four years is the Syrian "crisis", which was manufactured by the United States and its allies in order to secure and maintain American economic hegemony in the Middle East. It had nothing to do with "human rights violations" or "democracy." The results of the insurgency which the United States fomented and financed have been ISIS, a partially wrecked country, and a refugee crisis which has exploded into Europe. The refugee crisis has evoked much hand-wringing in the West, along with the pointing of Western fingers at the Syrians as a nation and a people and accusing them of not being able to manage their own affairs. This has also been accompanied by the usual round of horrified xenophobia at the thought of pure Europeans having to extend neighborly hospitality to people with dark skin and dark hair from the Middle East. (Some of that hand-wringing and xenophobia have crossed the Atlantic to the United States.)
But now Russia is rapidly building a military presence in Syria, to the tune of thousands of troops and large amounts of tanks and warplanes. I don't know what the Russians are planning, and they haven't volunteered to tell me. (Only fools openly discuss their strategy.) But what if Russia (along with China, Iran and Iraq) is about to solve the problem of "uninvited guests" in Europe by kicking uninvited "guests" out of Syria? What if the result of such an action is the immediate cessation of the current refugee "crisis"? (If outside interests are stopped from further tearing apart the Syrian homeland, why would Syrians choose any longer to be refugees?) What if a further result is another huge step toward the complete loss of the legitimacy of the West, and particularly of the United States? What if the United States begins to learn that you can't loot other people's countries and wreck other people's homelands without consequences showing up at your doorstep?