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.