Talk of intervention in Syria resurfaces whenever a new massacre of civilians by Syrian government forces hits the world headlines. The UN Security Council has just condemned Syria for a massacre in the town of Houla in Homs province. Over the weekend, the military and pro-government militias reportedly killed 108 people in this opposition stronghold, including 32 children. A horrific story, even for Syrian standards.
But will it turn the tide toward a more forceful international response? Probably not. There's still little appetite in Western capitals for the huge risks involved in a direct military intervention in the Syrian uprising.
Several other options are on the table, including an enforcement of a no-fly zone, establishment of humanitarian corridors, and support for Syria's armed opposition, although none of them promises a quick end to the Syrian tragedy.
Read more on the pros and cons of intervening in the Syrian conflict.
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