Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Will Sectarian Cleansing Accompany Syria's Splitting?

Syria is in the process of splitting into cantons along ethnic divides. Will massacres be part of the process? An experienced observer argues that sectarian cleansing--slaughter of thousands of civilians--is inevitable absent international intervention. Read more.

Comment: Syria need not follow the Lebanese script. Nor must it follow the Libyan script. The United States and Russia have the power to manage a solution that ends the bloodshed. Political neutrality should be on the agenda for serious consideration--a federal Syrian state made up of autonomous cantons. International peacekeepers will probably be needed. But there is a difference between peacekeepers and the so-called humanitarian intervention that replaced the Libyan regime (which no longer threatened the West) with an Islamist one.