With Syria requesting $60 billion, how much more will U.S. give?

Syrian Opposition leader George Sabra told reporters Wednesday that the country needs $60 billion within six months after the fall of the Bashar al-Assad regime in order to avoid a collapse of the country.

The $60 billion will be needed to rebuild electricity, health and water systems, secure housing for its citizens after 2.5 million homes were destroyed and have cash in Syrian banks and in its central bank.

The question is, though, where will the money come from?  With most of the countries across the globe insolvent, who is going to contribute vast sums of money and aid to Syria without any ulterior motives or promises?

Since the crisis in Syria began, the United States has given $165 million in aid and millions more in food aid.

It was reported in August that President Barack Obama has not ruled out attacking Syria, especially if the Syrian leader uses chemical or biological weapons.  He has also said the U.S. will not tolerate any other country from using weapons of mass destruction either.

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” the president said. “That would change my equation.  We’re monitoring that situation very carefully. We have put together a range of contingency plans.”

The U.S. can’t afford aid nor war, but it seems the U.S. is embarking on both.

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