Syrian revolutionaries request foreign intervention
A new coalition of Syrian revolutionary groups made a formal request for outside help Thursday, asking first for human rights monitors who could help deter attacks on civilians.
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Syrian revolutionaries made their first official request for foreign intervention Thursday, saying that the death toll had grown enough to ask for outside help despite their initial reluctance. However, the chances of their request being granted are slim – the US and Europe, who led the international community into Libya, have given no indication they want to stage another intervention.
Members of the Syrian Revolution General Commission, a new umbrella organization of nearly four dozen groups seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, said they hope to avoid being labeled traitors by asking first for human rights monitors rather than military intervention.
However, the West has expressed little interest in implementing a no-fly zone, or any other military measures, for Syria. International action has so far been limited to diplomatic and economic moves, such as sanctions.
Syria is a much more strategically critical country for both the West and the Middle East than Muammar Qaddafi's Libya was. It has links to key players in the region and it has a larger population that is divided between various sectarian groups.
The Libya intervention both strained NATO members' military resources and raised the hackles of Russia, who did not block the operation in Libya but has since expressed regret that it didn't. It's unlikely Russia, which holds UN Security Council veto power, would once again permit a foreign intervention in an Arab uprising, let alone endorse it.
According to Chinese wire agency Xinhua, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that Russia did not want a Libya repeat.