Calls for military intervention in Syria grow

Former US ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker argues that the case for military intervention in Syria has been made. Volker cites the intervention – and the slaughter that led up to the deployment of military forces – in Bosnia as a template for international action.

“[I]n July 1995 in Srebrenica, Bosnian Serbs murdered more 7,000 Bosniaks in one, systematic slaughter. It was at that point that the West finally acted. To his lasting credit, President Clinton then determined that the US would lead. NATO used air power to suppress Bosnian Serb attacks on Sarajevo, and within months had committed to military implementation of the Dayton peace accord, driven to conclusion by American über-diplomat Richard Holbrooke. By December 1995, some 60,000 NATO troops were en route to Bosnia to implement the peace plan, 20,000 of them American,” he says in the Christian Science Monitor.

In the Wall Street Journal, Fouad Ajami characterizes the West’s inaction as an “abdication.”

“For a year now, American officials have skillfully run out the clock. They made much of the authority of the U.N. Security Council when any model U.N. team in any high school would have predicted the vetoes of Russia and China. It was clear that the Obama administration did not want to arm the opposition for fear of “escalating” the conflict,” he writes.

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