Is Syria the New Afghanistan?


The crisis in Syria continues unabated as the international community fails to present a united front. Russia and China are still standing in the way of an armed intervention by the UN; each possessing one of the five all-important vetoes. The situation has grown ever more dramatic since the relationship between President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime and Turkey has deteriorated, with Syria shooting down a Turkish jet. Since then Turkey has mustered aircraft along the border the two countries share.

In previous posts parallels have been drawn between the uprising in Syria and the, arguably, successful revolution in Libya last year. The similarity is obvious: people of both countries were swept up in the Arab Spring and were absorbed into a violent, protracted, civil war. While this is true I argue that this is perhaps not the most significant comparison that can be made. I am talking, here, about Afghanistan. Not…

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