The latest country to catch a whiff of the Arabian spring – Syria, is on the brink of civil war. The latest tragic event – the massacre of 108 people in the Syrian city of Houla, 32 of them children – appears to be the final straw for an international community who are all now calling for serious action.
Why is this tragedy not at all surprising to anyone familiar with Syria? Could the West intervene as they did in Libya? And what role does Russia play in this?
All questions raised when Breakfast spoke to Middle East political expert Sally Totman.
Producer: Ramy Abokamil