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Population Exchanges

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Submitted by jgets (Greece), Jun 27, 2012 at 03:22

I should have been clearer in my comment, I wished to be brief. Under the circumstances and taking into account the regional dynamic towards Muslim extremism (both Sunni/Shia), now might be the time to set up a 40km wide Christian state from Naqoura to Baniyas. Druze, Alawite, Shia and Kurdish entities should also be established on the former Lebanon and Syria. This will entail population exchanges. I must respectfully disagree with your point on reconciliation. Regrettably, IMHO the situation is too far gone and the Muslim extremists will either eventually force the Christians to emigrate or slaughter them

I cite the population exchanges between The Balkans and Asia Minor after the dissolution of the Ottoman empire as a historical precedent. The situation in Syria is, in a sense, unfinished business from that time period. As terrible as the population exchange was from a humanitarian point of view, it did stabilize the region and prevent the even worse slaughter of innocents both Muslim and Christian.

I believe the current situation in Syria should be viewed as an opportunity towards implementing this policy. The end result will be a geopolitically stable (and peaceful) area for generations.

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