BEIRUT — The international community has been trying to get the Syrian regime and members of its opposition forces together for peace talks since the failure of the last meeting 18 months ago.
On Wednesday, that finally happened.
It sounds like a positive move toward ending a conflict that has so far killed more than 130,000, doesn’t it? But the conference has little hope of achieving more than its predecessor.
The Syrian administration's official Instagram feed is obviously in the business of making the regime look good. There are plenty of pictures of Assad's stately wife, Asma, kneeling to speak to a Syrian child. There are no pictures of the other 5 million children in need of assistance as a result of the ongoing conflict. There are no pictures of war.