"“We have come here to put an end to terrorism and its bitter consequences,” Moualem said, referring to the rebels fighting to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Diplomacy and terrorism cannot go in parallel. Diplomacy must succeed by fighting terrorism.” Opposition leader Ahmad Assi al-Jarba said those fighting Assad will never accept a negotiated settlement that keeps him in power, and implored the delegates from more than 30 nations to move quickly to end the conflict. “Time is like a sword,” Jarba said through an interpreter. “And for the Syrian people, time is now blood.”" Washpost
I, too, am tired of reading and writing about Syria but the subject seems unavoidable. One can only ask rhetorically what this collection of mountebanks now meeting in the pictured hotel can possibly think they are doing. Is it not obvious that the Syrian government is not going to agree to its own destruction? Is that not obvious ? Why would it do anything like that? They are actually winning the war.
And what is it that John Kerry believes is going to happen? Does he think that Lavrov and Putin are suddenly going to believe that they have been completely wrong and that the Ketchup prince has been right all along?
This situation is reminiscent of the farce of Kerry's "negotiations" with Bibi and the Palestinians. Someone referred to that situation the other day as an embarassment in Israel since the Israelis do not want to see him but are still a little hesitant to tell him to stay away. After all, from Natanyahu's point of view, it is he, the mighty Bibi who controls the votes in Congress, not Obama or Kerry.
Ah, I forgot, the Canadian PM told the knesset a few days back that anyone who criticizes Israel is an anti-Semite. I must be more careful in what I say, or think. pl