Hope Is a Terrible Strategy

“Syrian hospitals bombings cast doubt over cease-fire,” read the Wall Street Journal’s tongue-in-cheek assessment of the sorry state of the vaunted “cessation of hostilities” in Syria. It was a headline that could have inspired cynicism in the most obstinately earnest of all international observers. The tragically credulous sincerity of the original headline proved too much to bear, and was soon amended to “hospitals in Syria bombed as fighting escalates.” Still, the original construction was far more honest than its revised version. It demonstrated rather poetically why the Obama administration’s childlike faith in its own efforts to force Syria’s warring parties into ceasefire was a fool’s hope. And hope is a terrible thing on which to base a strategy.

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Hope Is a Terrible Strategy

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