As the proxy war in Syria begins to wind down, with allied Syrian, Russian, Kurdish, and Iranian forces pushing ISIS and U.S. backed rebels to the borders of Turkey and Iraq, President Bashir Assad is already making plans for rebuilding infrastructures and cities decimated by militant Islamic forces. And on March 30, the Syrian leader announced that estimates for reconstruction would be in the $200 billion range, and require the help of foreign companies to aid int he rebuilding.
But perhaps what is most interesting is who is expected to profit from Syria’s reconstruction, and who will have simply lost hundreds of billions of dollars in funding a losing conflict. And according to President Bashir, the benefactors of money dedicated towards reconstruction will be the very enemies of the United States, and ones whom Washington has sanctioned in an attempt to destroy their economies through restrictions in trade and currency exchange.
Syrian President Bashar Assad says the estimated economic loss to the country from the war is $200 billion. He said rebuilding contracts will primarily be given to Russia, China and Iran.
“The economic damage and damage to infrastructure exceeds $200 billion. Economic issues can be resolved when the situation in Syria stabilizes. But the reconstruction of infrastructure requires a lot of time,” Assad said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Assad said that many Western countries that were against Syria will try to get profitable contracts for rebuilding work, but Damascus will lean to its proven allies – Russia, China and Iran.
“I suppose that a lot of countries that were against Syria, I mean first of all Western countries, will try to direct their companies to take part in this process. However, for us in Syria there is absolutely no doubt that we will ask friendly states first,” Assad said. – Russia Today
The U.S. has spent between $500 million and well over $1 billion in training, funding, and arming Syrian rebels, and this does not include budgeting from the CIA, which goes as far back to the Benghazi arms deal that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. And consequences from this funding has resulted in a loss of Washington’s original mission goals to overthrow Bashir Assad, and a major hit to America’s reputation since it is evident they were funding terror groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS at the same time they were indicting banks such as HSBC for laundering money for these same organizations.
Everything that could go wrong for the U.S. in trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashir Assad has, and perhaps most importantly, it has seen the return of Russia as a powerful force in the global arena. And where the U.S. used to be the beacon of hope and of Democracy throughout the world, nations are instead turning now towards America’s adversaries and even providing economic bounties to help them rebuild following the chaos created by Washington’s gambits.