On 28 SEP 15 NEC-SE asked: Who Speaks for Islam? Who Should Speak for Islam?
In the article we stated: “NES-SE is calling on large and influential Islamic nations in the world—in particular, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Iran—to put aside their sectarian, political, and ethnic differences and work together to choose a spiritual leader for all of Islam. Rightly or wrongly, large numbers of non-muslim world believes that this is difficult for many Muslim countries given the history of enmity and conflict, chiefly between Sunnis and Shias, that has been ongoing almost since the time of the Prophet. But, absent such a leader, peace between Muslims, and between Muslims and the rest of the world, may be highly difficult to achieve in the 21st century.”
The reality is the Saudi and Iran fight to control the region is the issue which no one wants to talk about in reference to the Syrian peace talks.
The Vox article states: Five days into Syria peace talks, they are already over. Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy heading the peace process, announced from the talks in Geneva that negotiations are on “temporary pause” for the next three weeks.
There was never much hope for the talks, but even by those low standards, going on “pause” after less than a week is pretty rough.