It has been stated that other events will push Syria down the agenda. The issue that has been pushed furthest down the agenda is the Middle East peace process. It is very much on my mind because I visited Palestine a couple of weeks ago. There is no doubt that settlements are oppressive and threatening. Apart from the moral and ethical aspects of the issue, the settlements also give rise to significant environmental and ecological issues. Large-scale building in such a small area is placing pressure on water supplies and is not doing the environment any good, not to speak of the other effects of settlement construction.
Ordinary people, including left-wing Israelis and Palestinians who are not involved in politics, do not consider a two state solution to be achievable in their lifetime.
While it is welcome to note the chemical weapons issue is being addressed, it has distracted attention from the serious suffering that is being caused by other types of weapons.
The recent request by Valerie Amos of the United Nations that access be provided for food and medicine does not appear to have been heeded. After three years of appalling suffering, there is no end to civilian suffering. While talks have been arranged to discuss political solutions, no one is pressing for humanitarian issues to be addressed in the same way.