We must give this to Britain—it does know how to make a royal statement. As Syria unleashes its tanks on pro-democracy activists, Britain’s response has been to bar the Syrian ambassador from attending Prince William’s wedding on Friday.
Such measures—Britain and others also summoned Syria’s ambassadors this week—are no doubt inadequate. But they do illustrate the difficulties in taking stronger action on Syria. The moralities of the liberal interventionist premise that justify Libya would extend to Syria as well, especially now that the humanitarian situation in that country is shaping up to almost as bad as in the former. But as violence spreads to states of different hues in the Arab world, and the Libyan operation itself shows signs of fatigue, the practical limitations to that premise are becoming more apparent.
Syria, meanwhile, is unlikely to care two hoots about the royal wedding.