Francesca Borri, an Italian journalist in Syria who hides her foreign identity under a hijab, says the rebels spend their time battling each other and enforcing sharia law.
Locals here don't refer any more to "liberated areas", but to east and west Aleppo – they don't show you pictures of their children, or of siblings killed by the regime, but simply the pictures of beautiful Aleppo before the war. Because nobody is fighting the regime any more; rebels now fight against each other. And for many of them, the priority is not ousting Bashar al-Assad's regime, but enforcing sharia law.
Read about what sort of society the rebels are enforcing, about the rampant diseases, and other reasons I feel lucky to not be there.
But I see an opportunity for European countries with the Syrian civil war: Give free transportation from European countries to anyone who wants to fight as a jihadi.
A British man in Syria has told the BBC he is fighting for a group linked to al-Qaeda.
Afghanistan is another place where European Muslims who favor sharia law could go to fight. This is a practical way to remove people who are entirely hostile to Western cultures and values. At the same time, the Syrian government could be given aid to fight these jihadis. Also, the Christians who are being massacred could be allowed to move to Europe replace the Jihadis who leave Europe. Or they could be moved into a state carved out of pieces of Syria and Lebanon.
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