For most of America, the heartbreaking faces of Syrian refugees this year have belonged to children. We have seen them drowned and we have seen them stunned into silence by warfare and covered in blood. (We've also seen them likened to Skittles, but that appalling analogy belongs only to the Trumps.)
The deal calls up memories of Europe's checkered history of deal-making with Turkey. During World War I, the German chancellor reacted angrily to mounting pressure to intervene to stop the Armenian genocide. He said, "Our only goal is to hold Turkey at our side until the end of the war, regardless of whether the Armenians perish over that or not. If the war carries on for a while, we will need the Turks very much." The parallels are unsettling, to say the least.