What is your response to this article about the call for peacekeepers in Syria?http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/world/middleeast/arab-league-requests-un-peacekeepers-for-syria.html?ref=middleeast

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My response to this is that the situation in Syria must be getting really bad if the Arab League is asking for this.  The Arab League has traditionally been very unwilling to encourage outside intervention in Arab countries.  If it is asking now, things must be bad.

I also wonder if this would be a good idea for the international community.  If the peacekeeping force is made up of Westerners, it might be seen by the general population of Arab countries as another example of Western countries trying to oppress Arabs/Muslims.  If the force kills anyone, it will look bad, but if it does not kill anyone and instead allows Syrians to kill one another it will also look heartless and bad.  This may be a lose-lose situation for the West.

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