Jocelyne Cesari's op-ed on Syria in The Washington Post
September 13, 2013
Last week, in a effort to reassure a skeptical American public, President Obama declared that a U.S. intervention in Syria, currently in debate in the Congress, would not be the same as the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If by that the president meant that the goal of the U.S. intervention is not to send troops on the ground and to play an active role in the current civil war, indeed Syria is different from Iraq. In the same vein, the Russian mediation to make Syria surrender its chemical weapons is the first serious political alternative to a military intervention that creates a context very different from 2003. It will not however be sufficient to find a way out of the sectarian war. In this regard, there are some troubling similarities between Iraq in 2003 and today Syria. [...]