Russia and China blocked a bid to force regime change. But, says Seumas Milne, a negotiated settlement is the only way out of civil war.
2. How do we help get rid of President Bashar al-Assad? (Daily Telegraph)
Alex Spillius explains that unlike the former rebels in Libya, those in Syria are fragmented and don't control even a corner of the country.
3. Putin's fears are not for Assad but for himself (Times) (£)
Tony Brenton says that Russia's support for Syria is a diplomatic error forced by the rising tide of protest at home.
4. Don't let vested interests skew the NHS debate (Independent)
Doctors can, of course, have fair concerns; but they must be understood in context, says this leading article.
Qatada champions al-Qaida and delights in terrorist outrages. But Britain is robust enough to tolerate madcap clerics, says Simon Jenkins.
6. There's only half an answer to high pay: growth (Times) (£)
Nobody shouted about bonuses during the boom, says Daniel Finkelstein. Don't scare off private business and risk delaying recovery.
7. Crisis must not change India's course (Financial Times)
Eurozone and oil-price threats should not be exaggerated, warns Martin Wolf.
8. Why India needs aid (Guardian)
Most of its population are still poor. The row over British aid shows how many people confuse rapid growth with wealth, says Praful Bidwai.
9. Greece is being screwed down so Sarkozy can meet his deadline (Independent)
The motive and timing of Angela Merkel's support for the French president are interesting, says Hamish McRae.
10. The US feels sunny again while Britain shivers (Times) (£)
The two are conducting a controlled economic experiment, says Anatole Kaletsky. Now we can see the results.