Someone said :
When civilians are being killed in exchange for peaceful protest then it should
be the West's business.
Well Iraq is starting to unravel and that bodes ill for how a NATO intervention in an equally divided Syria would work out. Exactly the same thing happened in Europe for centuries under the Inquisition, feudal barons and absolute monarchies but democracy evolved of its own accord here, rather than being imposed from outside. I also question whether the Western concept of "freedom" is one desirable to tribal or theocratic cultures such as the Arab and Islamic world, which has no real history of democracy. The West, in contrast, has a longstanding tradition of intermittent democracy since the ancient world which demonstrates its greater compatibility with democratic life. In that context, the implantation of democracy in Syria by Western intervention could well prove to be an Indian Summer rather than a permanent state of affairs, which raises the question as to whether the longterm cost is worth the benefits.