http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/29/us-syria-crisis-world-idUSBRE84S0XF20120529 Spoiler : The United States and seven other Western governments expelled Syrian diplomats from their capitals on Tuesday in a coordinated action against President Bashar al-Assad's government spurred by revulsion over the killing of more than 100 civilians in a Syrian town. France's Fabius, however, ruled out ground intervention in Syria, saying the risk the conflict could spread was too great. "The Syrian army is powerful. No state is ready to consider ground intervention at the current time," Fabius said. Russia said on Monday it was alarmed by the killings in Houla but that it believed both sides were to blame. So when is an invasion by foreign powers to topple a non-elected regime be justified? I formerly was supportive of military intervention whenever there is an active threat of large scale killings and the regime is not an elected one . I didn't support the invasion of Iraq as there was no active threat present . Increasingly I'm growing weary of any sort of military intervention . All they have done is increase the death toll of the natives whether it was Iraq or Afghanistan . The reality on ground is soldiers, while quite effective at destroying the enemy are quite poor at peacekeeping in a hostile environment . Way too many human right abuses occur , involving soldiers in conflict hotspots throughout the world where they need to put down a popular rebellion / uprising / guerrilla warfare. I was sort of supportive of a toppling of the Mynamar regime through military action as there was already a strong pro democracy movement in the form of Aang San Suu Kyi and her party . With recent reforms the military junta is slowly moving towards a democracy . An invasion wouldn't have brought about such a bloodless transition and it would have taken lot of time to get a stable political setup in the country . So will supporting and funding pro-democracy movements in the country and waiting for a change to come from inside the country be the right move ? Would this work in all cases? When would you support a military overthrow of a regime ?