Irene KhanOctober 4, 2013 08:33
Commentary: Democracy, it turns out, does not breed the rule of law; all indications are that it is the rule of law that breeds democracy.
A person caped in the Tunisian flag walks past a statue representing the cart of Mohamed Al Bouazizi, the fruit vendor whose self-immolation sparked the revolution that ousted a dictator and ignited the Arab Spring, on Dec. 17, 2011 in Sidi Bouzid. (Fethi Belaid /AFP/Getty Images)
The recent US-Russia agreement on Syria may ultimately do away with that country’s chemical weapons, and this can only be a good thing. But while the symbolism is strong, the scope is of a possible deal is limited: the agreement will neither end the conflict, nor contribute substantially to peace in the region. Nor would a strike have achieved these goals. Peace — of the solid, lasting kind — demands a painstaking effort across the Arab world, conducted below the radar of conventional diplomacy or military action.