It is a sound assessment of the Syrian situation to conclude that after five-years of conflict and the deaths of more than 250,000 victims that conditions to peace are not ripe. Though peace is hoped and has become the will of many, it still does not exist.
Sadly, the acceptance of this reality implies that there will be more violence, death and suffering of innocents - civilians, including children and women. Hence the question arises as to what now? What is the path forward for Syria? How can the people of Syria attain their liberation from five-years of utter violence and destruction?
The victims and the prolonged sufferers of Syria's war hold the answers to the a fore questions. The grieving and the victimized children, women and men of the Levant must decide whether or not any compromise to a peace is worthy of the millions of pints of blood spilled in the sands and whether or not any new principles gained in any peace are sufficient enough to ensure that the lives lost may not have been lost in vain. Russia and Bashar al Assad should not be allowed to decide these principles for the people of Syria.
Therefore, it is up to the people - the waling son, who recently lost his parents in Aleppo; the mother, who held her starved child to her last breath in Homs; and to the men, who feel hopeless everyday impotent to effect change in their communities - to decide an immediate peace in Syria or to demand greater recognition of self will, determination and better governance.