Caught between the Assad Regime and Al-Qaeda, moderation loses its significance, the international community its legitimacy, and hope its usefulness. If we soldier on at this stage, it’s more out of spite than hope. Who know? Perhaps the victories that are often attributed to hope owe more to tenacity and spite. Be that as it may, the one certainty I still have is that this fire is bound to burn us all. No one is immune, irrespective of what some believe, or like to believe.