Francois Hollande, the French president, declared on Monday night that he and his international partners were closer than ever before to a formal intervention in Syria.
“We are working … [on] the initiative of buffer zones proposed by Turkey,” Mr Hollande said. “We are doing so in co-ordination with our closest partners.” telegraph
There is nothing remotely good about what is happening in Syria. Assad is a butcher, he’s backed by Iran and Hezbollah. But much of his opposition are Sunni hardliners.
Little wonder there is a refugee crisis. And therefore a reasonable call for the creation of buffer zone. But to have that you need to have air superiority which will mean a no-fly zone. And once you go there things begin to get messy.
Worse, while getting rid of Assad is a good thing, what replaces him is not likely to be terrifically attractive.
I don’t think there is a good solution to Syria, just several solutions which are, potentially, less bad than the current slaughter.