To even the most casual observer, the present positions of the US and Syrian administrations would seem to enjoy a remarkable similarity. They both excel in terms of their ability to box themselves into the very tightest of tight corners.

In President Obama’s case, will it be a vote of ‘vox populi, vox Dei’ from a designated Congress that determines his next course of action? Or, failing that, will other voices, some hidden deep within the cacophony of those around him, provide sufficient incentive and justification for whatever transpires?

The position of the Syrian regime appears even more constrained. Will it bow to international pressure and concede its guilt in acts of warfare that have long been outlawed by common assent and all ethical values? Will it remain steadfast to its original goal and continue on with policies and purposes deemed most essential but only to that of its own immediate survival?

Looks like it’s going to be a tough call all round.

So, to make these decisions a lot easier, it may be necessary for everyone to start singing from the very same song sheet.

But where is this song sheet, what is the song that’s printed on it and just how loudly do we all have to sing?