Perhaps it could have come earlier if the false – and eventually futile – strategy of getting rid of Assad had not been followed so intransigently by the US, the EU and the UN. The Obama/Kerry (earlier Obama/Clinton) policies are degenerating into fiasco. And in the meantime Obama and Kerry still follow a theoretical, but practically doomed, 2-state solution in Israel. The Israel/ Palestine issues will only – can only be – solved by Israel and Palestine. Perhaps those talks would also benefit if the US and the UN butt out.