Syria rebellion turns into an international war

Russian President Vladimir Putin in discussions with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama at the G8 summit (photo:dpa)
Russian President Vladimir Putin in discussions with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama at the G8 summit (photo:dpa)

Unlike the conflicts of the Arab Spring, the fighting in Syria has taken on an international aspect as the list of nations involved, directly or indirectly, has continued to grow. The West is no longer in control of the world’s power games, which makes resolution of the tragedy more complicated. But Europe may have a vital role to play in ending the diplomatic stalemate – one of moderation and arbitration.

THE CONTINUING conflict in Syria confirms the view of many experts that this is more than yet another aspect of the Arab Spring, but rather the harbinger of a new era in international relations.

We have moved from a civil war to an Islamist problem and now to an intern...

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