Just stumbled on a tv interview with Bouthaina Shaaban, the media and political advisor to al-Assad, tonight on something called RT television (channel 96 Sky). Her view was that the West perceives the Arab world as being “unable to sort themselves out” and hence there is an oft hasty and ill conceived resort to intervention. She said she couldn’t imagine David Cameron being subject to the same kind of treatment in the UK, no matter what he did, and that the West is merely ganging up. Her view is that the Syrian people should direct their own course and decide their own future. We haven’t talked much about what, if anything, the international community should or could or will do about Syria. I guess there is always the tension between respecting sovereignty (no matter how dire the situation) and responsibility to protect etc. Has anyone got a view on the best way forward for Syria?