The odds are that even if it takes more time than previously anticipated, Bashar Assad's defeat is going to happen, and there will not be a need to relate to the second anniversary of the Syrian uprising.
As the situation continues to spiral out of control, adult supervision is desperately needed. And this is a role that the U.S. (with the Arab League and Turkey) and Russia and China can attempt to play.
The Friends of Syria conference didn't address demands for regime change. Instead it sought the minimum: allowance for humanitarian aid. But Syria isn't pleading for aid from the international community.
There is a moment when, confronted with the carnage, the trifle of 8000 dead, victims of Bashar al-Assad's tanks, the dismal sideshow of this referendum supposedly organized, what's more, under the hail of shells and sniper fire, one must have the elementary dignity to say, "Stop!"
Imagine if anyone with the Internet had been able to follow the massacre of the civilians in the Warsaw Ghetto. Imagine if the world had seen all that 69 years ago: the scenes we've been witnessing every day from Homs.