The mission of the new U.N. envoy to Syria is not only "impossible" but also naive. Perhaps the U.N. sees no harm in sending Lakhdar Brahimi to Syria, but it is utterly foolish for him to be there waiving a white flag in the mist of aerial bombings and intense ground fighting. Indeed, even if peace was still plausible, it would mean loss of power for Assad and his henchmen -- or their answering for war crimes, as they had reached the point of no return to civilized governance long ago. Their only hope now is to fight the rebellion and carve out a chunk of Syria for their refuge. The Iranian regime is absolutely determined to help Assad do this -- which is precisely why the path through Syria has become our gateway to Iran. And let us not fool ourselves: That regime will have to be confronted militarily, sooner or later. The time to do so is now when we have other nations by our side going into Syria. As for Russia and China, these two are reasonable opponents and will do what is best for them -- and the rabid Iranian regime is not much better for them as it is for the rest of us. And like us, Russia and China have given up all hope of taming it. It is foreseeable then that Russia and China will again watch as we spend our blood and treasure to knock out another troublesome regime in the world. A more pressing question is whether we have any stomach left for another war. Assad and the Iranian regime are betting that we don't. But then so did Saddam and Gaddafi.
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