The French are likely to march in the streets and write letters to the editor about Butcher Assad’s Syrian horrors, and reflect at length on the vast moral distance between their own keen enlightenment and strong political values and the sorry state of the Arab world, but otherwise do very little. Given that Germany is strongly opposed to military intervention in Syria and that Britain shows no desire to lead the charge, Europe is unlikely to provide clear policy leadership on Syria. The Obama administration can’t lead from behind this time; at present it appears unable to lead at all.


• French Bark About Syria: No Sign of Bite by Walter Russell Mead