Originally Posted by alpha
a) have they got any oil?
b) have they got anything worth blowing up that lucrative rebuilding contracts can put back together paid for by (a) ?
Not sure that that explains our ten-year (and counting) adventure in Afghanistan.
A Western intervention in Syria would lack a UN mandate, and would seriously annoy Russia. (Russia might choose to express its annoyance by staging a "humanitarian intervention" in Georgia, which would not be good news for holders of Georgian IDNs).
Anyway, Sarkozy should probably take the lead. His re-election chances look worse than Obama's at this point, so he could use the pre-election bounce more.