Seumas Milne, The Guardian | June 6, 2012
Syria is sliding toward a deeper civil war and, perhaps, a war involving foreign forces. ++ The US has made it clear that it might opt for unilateral humanitarian intervention, along with other western states. ++ However, intervention in Syria will escalate violence, since the conflict is being fought in heavily populated areas. ++ The conflict might also spill over to Lebanon and Iraq, given Syria’s sectarian schisms. ++ What is needed instead is an internationally guaranteed negotiation settlement for Syrians to exercise their right to self-determination.