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The Optimism of Peace v. the Reality of Strife in Syria

The prospect of a lasting peace coming to a people afflicted by war for nearly six years, is longing. That there could be some solace after such a lengthy time of death, violence and displacement, is welcoming. Yet, reported violations of a forged peace in Syria, serve as a stark reality that tension and insecurity are still very present.

Peace can be realized in Syria as long as Russian jets remain idle on a military base. Peace could be attained as long as the Bashar al Assad regime honors the terms of the recent cessation of hostilities agreement. And peace could be maintained if the some 69 armed opposition factions could curb any offenses in the mean time.

However, the reality of the history of the Syrian war, the associated wider history of Syria and of the broader region coupled with the entry of Russia into the conflict, suggest that any delicate optimism of peace could at any time give away to the reality of war. Also the omitting of some groups from the peace process holds out an even dimmer pessimism to a sustaining longer peace in the Levant. 

Whatever impediments might line the way to peace in Syria, the humanitarian well being of those in dire need of  assistance, some 500,000 -  now being reached, and those not yet reached, is more than sufficient reason for all parties to the conflict to abstain from violence and to maintain the fragile ceasefire. We Pray.