A recent deal between the EU and Turkey for mass returns of refugees from Greece to Turkey has come under fire for its illegality. But Europe isn’t alone in taking advantage of the nonbinding nature of international law. For years, Australia has been criticized for shipping refugees to offshore detention centers.
Two years ago, the Egyptian people spared no adjective in praise of their savior, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who in turn framed his lightning-fast rise to power as an expression of the people’s will. When he ran for president in 2014, he won in a landslide. But now the honeymoon is over.
President Barack Obama’s deployment of an additional 250 special operations forces to Syria has raised fears of another military quagmire in the Middle East. These fears are natural, but if anything, the move represents what the U.S. war on terrorism after 9/11 always should have looked like.