Sunday 23 July 2017

West fails to impress in wanting real change from Syria

Arshad Mohammed in Washington

While the US and its allies want to raise pressure on Syria to end its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters, there are few signs the West, let alone the Arab world, is ready for robust action that might make a difference.

Britain and France have floated a new UN Security Council resolution on Syria and a senior diplomat said European Union nations were looking at a fresh round of sanctions targeting companies in the country.

No one, however, is contemplating military intervention along the lines of the 11-week bombing campaign against Libya, ostensibly begun to protect civilians but which increasingly appears aimed at dislodging Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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