"We are very much concerned about the situation of Syria," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said earlier this week at the military alliance's annual summit in Chicago. Yet NATO has “no intention whatsoever to intervene.”
It is bewildering that the leader of NATO continues to make such blanket statements about his alliance's intentions, or lack thereof. Two months ago, I wrote about a similar Rasmussen pledge in Brussels. There, the former Danish Prime Minister stated that, "It’s important for me to stress that NATO has no intention whatsoever to intervene in Syria." All this does is give Bashar Assad the peace of mind he needs to continue killing his people, (at a rate of dozens per day since March 2011), safe in the knowledge that the only force capable of stopping him -- NATO -- will continue to sit and dither on the sidelines.