The consequences of inaction in Syria are about to become alarmingly clear

Over the past few weeks, the shadow cast by Syria's conflict has been growing longer and darker.

Many of the conflict's protagonists will mingle at a security conference this weekend in Munich, Germany.
Should Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov bump into US Defense Secretary James Mattis in the venues-clogged hallways, or should Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif meet his Turkish counterpart -- let alone collide with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- it would be a pretty safe bet to assume they won't start tearing chunks out of each other.
But it is becoming increasingly urgent that these competing actors sit at a table and start talking.