This is a tough issue that CFR’s Paul Stares observes faces potential mission creep, the loss of impartiality, and the need for international support–meaning a frank discussion about who pays for what in terms of military support, funding, and political support:
Freelance journalist Benjamin Hall isn’t optimistic in an Op-Ed titles “Among hte Snipers of Aleppo”:
And even with a no-fly zone, it’s hard to see a way out of this quagmire. Turkey has been in discussions with the rebels and the government about the possibility of beginning a peace process, but it seems unlikely at this point that the rebels will stop until they have taken Damascus.
So for all the horrors on the ground, it seems almost impossible that the United States and Europe can do much to help while the future is so blurred and so bleak. As President Bill Clinton once said, “Where our values and our interests are at stake, and where we can make a difference, we must act.”
Despite what I have witnessed, I am not convinced we can in Syria.