From sanctions to a Libya-style showdown in Syria
“And that happens against the background of all the fuss around human rights and humanism which the modern civilized world seemingly practices. Don’t you see a significant contradiction here between theory, the words and deeds, and the practice of international affairs? And we should do our utmost to eliminate this imbalance” he concluded.
Are the chosen means appropriate?And there is increasing concern being expressed by experts in the international community about the possibility of future intervention into Syria and the possible spark of reaction from Arab states. “In Washington and in Brussels, I guess, there are a lot of concerns about the fact that Syria, unlike Libya, is part of an alliance, and this alliance is very wide,” said Middle East analyst Walid Phares.“So if the international community or the UN, or the US, are going to apply to Syria measures other than economic, meaning a direct intervention or political tremendous pressures, what they may get in return is a reaction by the Iranian regime, by Hamas, by Hezbollah, and others.” Many countries are looking towards Ankara, the Turkish capital, as a possible intermediary between Syria and the international community, but it certainly is not clear whether some kind of eventual showdown can be averted. There are alarming parallels between Syria and Libya as arguments similar to those in the run-up to the military operation in Libya are once again being heard. Western countries are already saying that they “need to stop the slaughter”, which could later transform into “president Bashara needs to be stopped from killing his own people.”There has been a different tone coming out regarding the situation in Libya as at first Gaddafi was not a target and later became the main target of the coalition.RT contributor Ekaterina Zatuliveter says the coalition forces are seeking a regime change in Libya under a humanitarian guise. “When the new regime is established, the new leadership out of gratitude for the countries who saved them from Gaddafi would want to sign new oil agreements, and also will allow NATO to set up its military base on the territory of Libya,” she says. “And these are the double standards of this intervention. And I don’t understand why there is an international law, if anybody can interpret it in any way they want.”This is why concerns have been raised by the international community about double standards and the possibility of the Syrian scene being painted for the same kind of showdown that we saw in Libya.Ryan McCarl, a writer on military intervention, shared his opinion on whether the situation in Syria is following the same pattern as events in Libya.“A lot of people have been at pains to distinguish the two cases, to explain that whereas military intervention was supposed to be appropriate in the case of Libya, rather because Colonel Gaddafi’s military was weak or whatever reason, that it is not practical in Syria,” he said. “The real question is: are the means that we’ve chosen to pursue appropriate?”