Is intervention in Syria a moral and human imperative at this point?

"I don’t really think there is any kind of a reasonable argument against intervention in Syria. Quite the opposite: There is a moral and a human imperative to act that is larger than any nation’s interests and larger than any strategic calculation. That is so obvious it is an embarrassment to have to say it."

—Kanan Makiya, “Interventionin Syria is a Moral and Human Imperative

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What do Syrian activists think the United States should do about Syria?

"What’s undeniable is that Syrian people are in desperate need of humanitarian aid as well as political and economic assistance. Assad has proven he will not relent, with the Interior Ministry vowing that it will continue to implement the “security solution” until every expression of resistance is eliminated. With Russia and China essentially giving the green light for Assad to continue his massacre, only an international coalition led by the United States can stop the regime’s violence. The hope for a democratic future in Syria currently hangs in the balance." 

-Radwan Ziadeh, “A Plea For U.S. Intervention From a Syrian Activist

This is article is part of A TNR Symposium on Syria. Visit for more coverage.

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Presenting a TNR Symposium: What should the United States do about Syria?

"It has been nearly a year since Syrians took to the streets en masse to protest the rule of Bashar al-Assad. In that time, government forces have responded brutally killing some 6,000 people, but the response by the international community has been relatively muted."

Today, Dan Drezner argues for arming the opposition, Soner Cagaptay argues for organizing a military force from Muslim countries, and Larry Diamond suggests we should engage diplomatically with Assad to oust him.

Visit in coming days for contributions from Anne-Marie Slaughter, James Traub, Walter Laqueur, and others.