Ultimately, there is no grand conspiracy or single cause driving the low resettlement numbers of Syrian Christian refugees. But that does not mean there is nothing to be done to ensure that all potential refugee populations have access to resettlement programs.
The challenges in Syria bring us face to face with perennial questions about American foreign policy: What should our role be in international affairs? Do we have the capacity to intervene decisively in the world's trouble spots? If we have the capacity, do we have the will?
The civil war in Syria has taught the international community plenty of lessons, and not one of them is good. In fact, each and every one is an indictment on the entire rules-based order that has governed the international system since the end of World War II.
Reports that Iraqi Baathists, Iranian elements, and others have played a role in the workings of ISIS do not appear to be in keeping with the principle of ideological purity on which the Islamic State says it is based.
The United States must lead by example. The Obama Administration's initiative in coordinating the Leaders' Summit on Refugees is a strong step but, as millions of lives are at risk and in limbo, its value will be measured on its outcomes and concrete deliverables.
When I met Amr for the first time in Amsterdam, it was almost two years to the day, after that fateful morning on the boat. He was on a different boat this time -- a friend's houseboat in Amsterdam. And it was pride weekend.
Western nations could be engulfed in an "endless war" and sustain damages that are hard to protect against. The Western nations should also be cognizant of the damages their own governments inflict upon the third world nations.
In their letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, Aleppo's remaining doctors pleaded not for tears but for a plan to end the Syrian government's all-out assault on hospitals and medical workers. And the response from the White House was the same as it's been for months: we're working on it.
It is a painful reality that the Assad government, responsible for the vast majority of mass atrocities and human rights crimes in the war, is in a position to dictate the level of the conflict in Aleppo and other parts of Syria.
I find it interesting when German friends lambaste me as a fear monger for having the audacity to point out that their wonderful nation - an exemplar of excellence in areas ranging from philosophy to music to manufacturing - has a radical Islamic terror problem on its hands.
Knowledgeable, sober observers of the Syrian scene continue to worry that the Obama administration is seeking, without adequate reflection, an agreement with Russia featuring military cooperation against the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.