As with Bosnia, the West finally wakes up to the brutality of Syrian war

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On Sunday, I wrote that the international community, and specifically the US, was unlikely to take robust action on Syria. But now it looks like it will. The parallel I made with the Bosnian war endures: there, the US and NATO eventually took action, through air strikes, when all patience with the Serb aggressors finally ran out.

Extract:

The Syrian conflict resembles the Bosnian war of the 1990s, which split the international community but which was supposed to wake up the world’s conscience so that such atrocities would never happen again. But they have, and they will – especially in the Middle East, where the West is understandably wary about getting any further involved. Each conflict in that region is now an overlap of a neighbouring war, and Syria is no different. The basic dynamics are Islamists versus dictators, who are brutal but secular, and the great ethnic division of Shi’ite versus Sunni muslim, which is inexplicable to most of us but which has created huge unrest throughout the region and into the Gulf States, which is inexplicable to most of us but which has created huge unrest throughout the region and into the Gulf States.

Full article:

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/eamon-delaney-west-standing-idly-by-as-history-repeats-itself-29525834.html