Analysis

Five Reasons the World Will Not Bomb Syria
On March 5, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) became the first U.S. Senator to call for U.S. airstrikes to stop the carnage in Syria. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
March 6, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
Senator John McCain yesterday became the first U.S. senator to call for U.S.-led airstrikes to stop the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown on the Syrian people. Despite the growing carnage in Syria and Senator McCain’s strong case for intervention by the United States and its allies, LIGNET sees five major reasons why this will not happen.

1. Intervention Fatigue. 

 

After long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan plus last year’s air campaign in support of the Libyan rebels, Western leaders are reluctant to get involved in what they fear will be a long and complex military commitment in Syria. This concern is also driven by economic problems and defense cutbacks. For example, the UK and France began to run out of aerial bombs during last year’s airstrikes against Libya. With Britain’s recent deep defense cuts, it may not be able to conduct a sustained military operation in Syria similar to the Libyan operation.

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