We learned today that religious wars take longer than say, one presidential term, or two or even more.
There is a certain arrogance attached to the notion that once be elected - even twice - one can calmly set about changing the way things are done half way around the world.
What we learned today is that world leaders need to think a lot deeper before opening their mouths, let alone acting on their thoughts.
Can it get any more complicated than it already is? Probably.
The peoples of the US deserve our sympathy, but with each passsing hour their elected officials make it harder and harder for the US to find a shoulder to cry on. What to do, what to do?