How can you expect progress in Syria when one of the major players in the region, Iran, is not allowed to attend the meeting? People, including children, are dying from bullets and empty stomachs while the world puts diplomacy over lives..
Surely we have enough influence over the rebel forces to demand they accept Iran at the discussions. Shame on us for not allowing Iran at the table while Saudi Arabia, who is supporting the rebels, is allowed to be present.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are enemies. So what! Aren't peace talks usually held between enemies. The United Stated should have exerted more pressure on Saudi Arabia. Instead we agree to a conference that in the end will make some grand announcement that the world will quickly forget after a few days of headlines.
Afterwards, we will spend weeks trying to dissect what went wrong. Ordinary people in Syria will continue to die.