The old sentimentalist Edward Luttwak has given some thought to solving Syria, and by golly, I think he could be onto something.
Writing in the New York Times, Luttwak makes the case that no matter who wins in Syria, America loses. Hence, the best strategy from an American point of view is to have the various sides fighting each other indefinitely;
By tying down Mr. Assad’s army and its Iranian and Hezbollah allies in a war against Al Qaeda-aligned extremist fighters, four of Washington’s enemies will be engaged in war among themselves and prevented from attacking Americans or America’s allies.
Sorry about your luck, People of Syria, but the big dog has decided to let you fight it out amongst one another, preferably till there's nobody left.
In the meantime, we'll be happy to sell weapons to the lot of you!
Note the assumption on Luttwak's part that all these four factions are too stupid to realize what America's grand strategy is. What could possibly go wrong?
This could be the best catalyst for pan-Islamic unity in the last 500 years!