Perhaps we delude ourselves, if we think there can be a "diplomatic solution" to the problems in the Middle East.
It's a huge chaotic mess of weak conflicting Arab states, driven by two different versions of Islamic religion, Shia and Sunni. Plus a third religion, Judaism, which is embodied in the militarily-powerful State of Israel. And a fourth religion, Christianity, which has the sympathy of the economically-powerful West.
All this makes fire to heat a continuously bubbling witches' cauldron. And unless the cauldron is tipped over, and the fire extinguished, there will never be peace.
But how can this done?
We need to stop electing dictators and declare war to tyranny; not terror.
That sounds good, and pious. But in the Middle East can there be Peace - or only "unfinished business" - until one side has managed to win outright victory.
Isn't our continual Western interference just staving off such a victory, and so making the fighting keep going on?