In the 24 months following December 17, 2010, countries across the Middle East and North Africa harbored tons of protests and revolutionary actions that resulted in tons of political leaders being ousted from office:
- Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak was forcefully separated from his powerful position in government.
- Libya’s own – many consider him to have been a dictator – Muammar Gaddafi was horrifically murdered at the closure of the most recent Libyan civil war.
- Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was exiled from the country, charged with countless crimes, and experienced his former government be overthrown.
- Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen was thrown out of office, as well.
- Syria’s Bashar al-Assad initially faced resistance against his rule, though he was never thrown out of government.
All of these events were something called the Arab Spring, one of the most powerful revolutionary forces against governments the modern world has ever seen. The Arab Spring ultimately resulted in a civil war being waged in Syria, with hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in an ongoing firefight between al-Assad’s government-controlled forces and a group of rebels hoping to overthrow al-Assad and return the government to a generally better state.
Here’s the most recent development regarding the Syrian war: United States President Donald Trump announced Friday, March 30, 2018, that the United States military would withdraw its troops from the country “very soon,” and also that a sum of money in excess of $200 million initially intended to be allocated throughout war-torn Syria in the name of recovery efforts won’t, in fact, be sent to the Middle Eastern country, at all.
United States government officials have long considered Saudi Arabia and Israel close allies to the stars and stripes. However, the suspension of the $200-plus million sum set out for recovery efforts will certainly make Israel and Saudi Arabia, among other nations’ governments, politicians, and powerful figures, wonder if the United States is a suitable ally for future instances in which those countries could be on the short end of the proverbial stick that is this situation – one in which a Middle Eastern country that’s supposed to be a United States ally is getting little help.
According to expert political journalists at POLITICO, POTUS Trump decided to cut such funding after reading a report in which the United States had set aside an additional $200 million to support Syria’s rebuild.