The time to have intervened in Syria was two or more years ago when it was just a skirmish in comparison to today. Now, Tehran and Al Qaeda and others are in it up to their eyeballs and the old regime is no longer happy to kill only 100 per day. They want ~1000 before intervention happens. The Russians have upgraded the air-defences… Who knows what the Chinese have done? Now forces are being focussed from the outside and plans are being made.
“AMMAN – Military commanders from Western and Muslim countries are to meet in Jordan to discuss the impact of the Syria conflict, a Jordanian official said in remarks published on Saturday.”
Those who argue that Syria is “not our problem” are ignoring history. The world created Syria by drawing arbitrary lines on a map nearly a century ago. Those lines crossed tribal, linguistic and religious lines making a region extremely difficult to grow consensus. It was almost certain to become an undemocratic tyranny. The world created the problem and must solve it. The problem is confounded with armed thugs on all sides. Only military intervention with overwhelming force can bring any semblance of order.
What will happen now when the outsiders intervene? The old regime will drop all pretence of civility and punish wholesale regions for disloyalty. The death-toll could approach a million. How much better the world would have been if that toll could have been limited to ~1000 by supporting and aiding the rebellion vigorously long ago? The old regime would have been toppled with a lot lower cost in people and money and material and Syria could be nearly recovered by now. No. That would have been too easy. The world seems to love doing things in the most complicated, expensive and faulty manner possible these days. The best way to do anything is right the first time. That may seem risky but it’s often best in the long run. Waiting for the weeds to give up doesn’t work in anyone’s garden. The gardeners have to go after them promptly and preemptively.
UPDATE: “Two key members of congressional foreign affairs panels say they expect the United States to strike Syria following reports of chemical weapons attacks in that country last week, though other lawmakers interviewed Sunday cautioned that unilateral action would be misguided.”