Syria: the quagmire that we can’t avoid?

The European Union has stumbled into long-term operations in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan in recent decades. Syria could be the next example

Nobody knows how the Syrian war will end. But it is safe to say that no one wants the crisis to finish with a large European stabilisation force patrolling Damascus, Aleppo and Homs. Russia and Iran want the regime of Bashar Assad to survive. The rebels fighting Assad – especially the Islamists – are not risking their lives to make Syria a colony again. And European generals hardly desire another Afghan-type mission.

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