It seems everyone is asking for negotiations to take place these days but prospects for them doing so grow slimmer and slimmer with each new call that goes out.
But getting negotiations to take place at all has certainly been something of a problem lately.
And expecting such negotiations to reach any half-way decent compromise is wildly optimistic to say the least.
Even keeping that compromise active, should it ever appear and for the time it needs to have a positive effect, will be fraught with difficulty. Its exposure to events and future developments, especially negative ones, severely limits its survival chances and whatever good work it might do.
Aye, there’s the rub.
How to initiate negotiations, get them up and running, bias the situation towards some serious agreement at their conclusion and then make the terms stick for long enough to see matters through to a lasting peace settlement.
An impossible dream? Not quite impossible but as near as makes no difference.
Unless it can be made part of an even greater dream.
Do you people dream any more? Or have all the nightmares banished such fanciful notions forever?