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NATO: No Intention of Intervening in Syria

Reuters reports that NATO has ruled out intervening in Syria even if the U.N. authorized it:

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Western alliance had no intention of intervening in Syria even in the event of a U.N. mandate to protect civilians, and urged Middle East countries to find a way to end the spiraling violence.

It’s worth noting that Rasmussen said something very similar prior to the Libyan war and promptly reversed himself when it became clear that NATO was going to be used to give political cover to the U.S. and Britain, but this is also a stronger statement that NATO will not get involved. It says a lot about how outdated NATO has become when the alliance ostensibly dedicated to the defense of Europe has to rule out attacking a neighboring country racked by civil war. NATO’s reluctance to involve itself in yet another “out-of-area” conflict is understandable and wise.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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