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.
If the evidence says Assad used chemical weapons, Obama cannot afford to let him get away with it. The risk is just too great in a region where others might resort to their use if Assad goes unpunished.