How long before the Syrian regime and its friends and suppliers in Tehran unleash Hezbollah, their terrorist ally in Lebanon? Hundreds of rockets have been fired into Israel out of Hamasland, aka Gaza, and the Israelis, their patience exhausted, have finally responded in force. Tens of thousands of missiles from both north and south could be launched against Israel's urban centers if it follows its air campaign in Gaza with a ground invasion. The first have already been fired.
Once again, the Middle East is boiling over. Which isn't exactly news. That part of the world has long produced more violence than it can absorb locally. Tough neighborhood, the Middle East, and about to get tougher.
Meanwhile, the world mainly watches. So long as Russia and mainland China back Syria's tottering ruler, there's little the United Nations can do to keep the peace even if it had the mind and will to do so, which is doubtful.
The oxymoron of the day remains: international law. For there is no law if there is no will to enforce it, or power behind it. Then it becomes just another meaningless phrase invoked by the kind of diplomats who pass those endless resolutions at the United Nations, futile as they are wordy. Such is the fate of resolutions without resolve.
Can this country help Syria's suffering people? Those now in charge of American foreign policy, if anyone is, are content to just let the dust settle. And the blood. American forces are already over-extended and the key policy, or maybe non-policy, of this administration is: Withdraw. It replaced that long outmoded concept called victory some time ago. And the results continue to reverberate as the vacuum left by American power is filled by thugs of all ideological persuasions.
C.S. Lewis said it: "The greatest evil is not done now in those sordid 'dens of crime' that Dickens loved to paint. It is not even done in concentration and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice."
Peace in our time hasn't changed all that much since the 1930s, that decade of appeasement, which inevitably led to the cataclysmic 1940s.