"Syria represents a true 'spring' for the jihadi teachings of Abu Musab Al Suri. Non-jihadists might cheer continued infighting among these radical groups in the hopes that they will wipe each other out, but continued fighting in Syria also holds the potential for a far more dangerous outcome. The teachings of Abu Musab could spark the rise of a more formidable generation of jihadists, who spread beyond Syria's borders and defy any attempts to defeat them through military means," writes Hassan Hassan in the Abu Dhabi daily the National.
"Using force would make the president 'own' the Syrian tragedy. So far he has tried to pretend he doesn't have to. The fact is he owns it already. American inaction has strengthened Russia, Hezbollah and Iran. It has turned Syria into the next front in the war with Islamic extremism. And it has put in jeopardy the stability of Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey and risks leaving a failed state next door to Israel," writes Michael Ignatieff in the New York Times.