The conflict in Syria moves into ever-more dangerous territory. By the day, the ghastly humanitarian situation in opposition centres such as Homs, besieged by Bashar al-Assad’s regime, becomes worse. But hopes that last week’s meeting of the Friends of Syria group of governments in Tunisia would offer some relief remain unfulfilled; instead, it has only amplified the escalating risks.
For while the foreign policy of western governments, including the US, UK and France, appeared ever more toothless and facile – split between the desire to avoid military intervention and the need to be seen to be doing something – the rhetoric of some Arab governments has become ever more bellicose.
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