The missiles put Europe to the test

The missiles put Europe to the test

This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper and

By Frrok Çupi

The strikes launched by the United States and its allies on Syria, put the European continent to the test. At the very least, this intervention may be considered as a “missile attack”; at the very most it may be considered as “a diplomatic effort and diplomatic achievement”. The diplomatic solutions in all three continents that were affected by the “missiles”, seem to reflect the big changes expected to take place to the West, starting with the EU’s institutions. This reminds us of the paradigm of the Prussian general, Carl von Clausewitz in the 1830s that: “The war is an extension of politics through other means”.

After the missile attacks on chemical weapons facilities used by a dictator such as Assad, the attack on Syria is expected to be like a powder keg for the region and the world.

It is still not known how long the strikes over Syria will last; hours or days. It’s not even known if there will be other strikes. The situation, like the UN puts it, could turn into a Cold War. It could even turn into a big revenge. What’s more important is the fact that the war in Syria is putting the West’s allies in front of each other. This will show how big is the dividing gap caused by the policies and the funding of the leftist billionaire, George Soros with the conservative world.

The first signs were noticed in our country, Albania, although they were as vague as Albania’s role in global policies. Since the moment (3 am), when the first US missiles were launched, the first divisions were noticed in Tirana: The President of Republic was the first one to align the Republic on the side of the allies, mentioning president Trump as a key factor. We had to wait a few hours until the “conservative” opposition linked to George Soros to write a few words. A few hours later, it was the Foreign Ministry which issued a naïve statement, saying that “we commend America for acting at the right moment”.  Meanwhile, the government has not yet reacted. The government of Albania has been on the side of America in the crucial voting of 21 December 2017 at the UN, aligning itself alongside Turkey and Russia.

This is a miniature picture of the world after the strikes on Syria. Everyone in Europe was put to a test.

The first test in front of “enemy” friends

European states, especially the EU–an organism which is very sick–is facing existentialist dilemmas after the attacks of the allies on Syria. Now, the bureaucrats are dealing with the “mess” that they caused as “liberals” with players in the Middle East. In Syria’s stage, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and “invisible” forces of jihadists, Hezbollah  and ISIS militants are in front of the West. What will be Europe’s behavior now, especially the European Union’s behavior? Up until now, the EU has played games with Turkey (sometimes they accept it as part of the EU, sometimes they don’t), with Iran, with the IS and Hezbollah. Obama’s Arab Spring seems suspicious now in front of Trump’s precise course of action. Middle East players are looking for a new role now.

The second test:

Will the international prohibition of the production and the use of chemical weapons continue to be in force for a long time after the bombardments? This will put western powers to the test against Russia and its strategy of poisoning; it will also test the stance on countries that produce narcotics all over the world…

The third test:

What will happen with the challenge issued to Russia, Turkey and Iran, which de facto have been “landlords” in Syria? If there are divisions between the EU institutions and the White House and UK (as a result of Russia and Iran), then the missile attack will be futile. Meanwhile, as far as France’s Macron is concerned, this was an important event, because it helped him to consolidate his role in the country and in the international arena. He was the first one among westerns, to support president Trump on the attacks.

The fourth test:

Western powers, in particular prior to the bombardments on Syria, remained engaged in solving world and regional humanitarian crises. At the center of the attacks on Syria was the goal and strategy to defend human rights in front of the violence caused by a “monster”. Today’s foundation stone about the solution of humanitarian crisis, puts the West, especially the European Union in front of a test. It’s been a while that the EU has distanced itself from policies focusing on the protection of human rights and liberties. The EU is largely driven toward “open borders”, creation of humanitarian chaos and attacks on conservative values. The attack on Syria shook the very foundations of the leftist liberal policies and the libertarian system.

Note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Albanian Free Press’ editorial policy