Politics is the art of the possible and the possible is the essence of the initiative by the new United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. What’s good is that the moderate Syrian opposition recognizes this and hasn't engaged in upping its demands or taking an all or nothing approach for it finds itself besieged by friend and foe alike, humanity itself – even the harsh winters of the past three years that affected millions of Syrian refugees failed to prompt the world into action and this year’s will be no different. All Syria’s neighbors, except Lebanon, have begun integrating Syrian refugees in their national economies and this means they are ready to get used to the Syrian situation for more years to come.
So what is this "possible?" It’s an initiative which de Mistura announced a few days ago that says "the solution in the short term is not a transitional phase or a political quota but a freeze to the war and admitting that Syria has become decentralized" because the country is awash with "many rebel groups with contradictory international and local agendas who cannot reach one grand agreement" at a time when Assad knows that "he cannot restore control over the entire country and turn back the clock.”
The Syrian opposition thinks this is the best of worse options so it is dealing with it on the basis of compromises in order to reach a better offer.Jamal Khashoggi
The opposition hopes to succeed at turning de Mistura’s initiative to freeze the struggle into a U.N. Security Council Resolution issued under Chapter 7.Jamal Khashoggi