Syria peace talks in Geneva–why?

You might be wondering why they keep going back to Geneva to talk about peace in Syria. It’s a good question–and Bruce Sakalik asked me on KQV News Radio a few minutes ago.

The best I could come up with is, it sets a framework for real talks whenever the sides decide they’ve had enough fighting and really want to settle this.

But I don’t think that time will come until one side or the other scores a complete military victory. That means along  time, a lot more casualties, and many more refugees. And there’s nothing the US or the West can do to speed that along.

There’s even evidence that the Russians are having second thoughts about the level of their involvement. In the end, the Middle East will be realigned with new de facto borders, and the region will have to do it by itself.

Reality is ugly sometimes.

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