Media playback is unsupported on your device

What do Syrians think about intervention?

29 August 2013 Last updated at 08:29 BST

If the opinion polls are to be believed, the decision by Prime Minister David Cameron to back down on trying to win parliament's support for immediate military action in Syria will be broadly welcome in the UK.

The shadow of Iraq looms large still, but what about the people of Syria and how do they regard the prospect of Western powers getting directly involved?

The Today programme's reporter Tom Bateman tries to get some idea of what Syrians think, from an ice cream seller to a student.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 29 August 2013.