So the G8 are hoping to achieve a joint statement on Syria.
Well that's a relief!
But what will it say? That we in the West want regime change, not peace or stability? That we helped start this slaughter and we won't let it end until we get what we want?
I don't think so.
More likely the usual platitudes about Democracy and the Will of the Syrian People; we might even bully Putin into agreeing some veiled reference to the need for Assad to step down.
All very meaningless and predictable. My concern, however, is the continual reference to the bloodbath that is Syria's 'Civil War'.
Because this is definitely not a civil war.
It is a sectarian insurrection: supported, financed, and largely fought, by external parties whose agendas and designs should turn the stomach of any right-minded person.
The real bloodbath, and Civil War, are what come after the fall of Assad.