The ink is not yet dry on the joint Arab League Syria document that was supposed to put an end to the Syrian uprising, and the tanks are back in the streets. And they kill, mainly in the Sunni stronghold of Homs, but not only there.
All sides must be wary of allowing this situation to continue. As gruesome as it has been to watch unarmed demonstrators being shot in the streets, it can get much worse. The conflict could further escalate into an all-out civil war.
What we've witnessed in Libya, in fact, could be a new model for collective security in which the United States no longer bears a disproportionate share of the risks and costs of intervention. Unfortunately, the new model probably isn't applicable to Syria.
In the Middle East a transaction should not be measured by its worth rather than by its value. Hamas has won much more than the release of over a thousand Palestinian prisoners. It has won strength and influence.