Syrian refugees could soon account for 30% of Lebanon's population. Its people fear it will fall back into yet another conflict.
It was the story of this parliament in one act: a debate that left the problems it addressed unresolved, while diminishing the leaders who took part.
President Obama’s Middle East strategy is in ruins and the west is paying the price of having its bluff called, writes John Bew.
The central parts of Damascus feel more like a city at war than they did a year ago but physically the place is still almost untouched, finds the BBC's Middle East editor.
The Education Secretary explains his "heated" response to last week's parliamentary defeat on Syria.
Defence secretary says parliament could look again at the issue if circumstances "change very significantly".
Both leaders have a shared political interest in avoiding the party splits that a new vote on military action would cause.
As dismaying as it may be to interventionists, both parties have decided that the wisest political choice is to move on.
"This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground," says the US president, announcing he will take a decision on action to Congress.