To Intervene or Not to Intervene?Is That the Question?

Clashes in Syria between the rebels and the Assad regime are growing in violence every day. While the country is burning in the flames of civil war, neither Germany nor other European countries look favourably upon military intervention. If we bear in mind that things did not go to plan in Afghanistan and that intervention in Iraq not only had no legitimate grounds from the beginning but also brought about a long and bloody chaos, this reluctance is not hard to understand. The preference for non-military alternatives becomes even more understandable when we look at the matter from the perspective of domestic policy, and consider the upcoming federal elections in Germany.

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