Syria’s regime is brutally repressing the uprising. For all the talk of staying on ‘the right side of history,’ a strong Western response to the crackdown is missing. What’s keeping the West from acting more decisively?
Decision-making on Syria is complicated by the existence of a number of uncertainties, such as the inner workings of Syria’s tight-knit ruling elite, the make-up of its unorganized opposition, and the potential for civil strife in its multi-ethnic, multi-religious society. The West is reluctant to act blind, particularly when Syria’s central location in the Middle East and its history of supporting destabilizing forces in the region means any mistake in judgment could be a costly one.
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Source: Deutsche Welle