The Syrian peace process had only just begun before it was delayed:
“We were hoping that we’d be in a position to announce a date today, unfortunately we’re not,” [special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi] told reporters.
“But we’re still hoping that we’ll be able to have the conference before the end of the year.”The envoy added that “nothing dramatic” had happened at Tuesday’s talks and the failure to agree a date had been expected for several weeks.
Already it’s clear that the US does not have enough influence over any of the parties in the Syrian war to push a peace process forward. The power in negotiations belongs to the combatants and to the countries supporting them. As a result, the war is becoming more vicious, the rebels are becoming more radical, and the chance of anything but murder and mayhem in Syria continues to diminish. The armed and trained jihadis, connected to wealthy Gulf patrons and animated by contempt and loathing for the West and especially the US, will be around for years and maybe decades to come.[Photo of Lakhdar Brahimi courtesy Getty Images.]