The merciless assault on Aleppo's rebel held areas hasn't abated in the four weeks since the ceasefire failed. The U.S. has continued to rely on diplomatic strength to urge the impervious Russians to stop their strikes and to reign in the unhinged Assad regime. In a new diplomatic maneuver, the U.S. joined France in calling for a war crimes investigation into a recent Assad-led bombing of a hospital in Eastern Aleppo. The Pope (who obviously doesn't have military options at his disposal) has also joined in on the diplomatic pressure as well, calling today for an immediate end to hostilities and promoting the Papal Ambassador to Syria to the rank of Cardinal, which is reportedly a historic diplomatic escalation. While there has been some coming-together amongst those who want the violence to end, the U.S. domestic political scene is continuing to divide and defeat itself over what more the world's super power can do aside from diplomacy. The many raw nerves of U.S. advocates have been on full display recently, with some pushing for American military action (enforcing no fly zones, increasing air strikes, arming the opposition), which some have posited have no chance of changing the trajectory of the crisis. Others are pushing for U.S. restraint and historical memory of the damage U.S. intervention can lead to. And our Presidential candidates are adding to the hopeless lack of consensus on the way forward. We saw Mike Pence and Donald Trump have a notable - and drastic - split on military action in Syria. And Clinton for her part is still playing coy with her recommendations for limited use of force. Today, Russia's Lavrov and John Kerry apparently pledged to try again at a meaningful ceasefire and diplomatic resolution. Let's hope this time is the charm. We've lost count.

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