Will the announcement of a cease fire this week actually hold? Negotiated by the United States and Russia, Syria has to stop shooting at rebels for 7 days and the rebels have got to stop shooting Syrian government troops for 7 days. If they can make it 7 days without shooting each other, provisions for a hopefully more lasting peace will kick in.
Seven days can be an eternity when tensions are high. One stray shot could upend the whole deal. And war will rage on once more.
But now we have a cease fire deal brokered by the United States and Russia had brokered. Maybe this one will hold but what we know from history does not hold out much hope for the future. But without hope, what do we have left?