The big players are talking. US president Obama addressed his nation, Russian president Putin addressed the American people through an article in The New York Times and Syrian president Al Assad appeared in the public Russian TV to make his case. The US and Russia are negotiating in Geneva. Al Assad has signed the legislative decree providing for the accession of Syria to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction of 1992, according to the UN. There are plans for new negotiations in New York at the end of the month. But in Syria the bloodshed continues.
Between August 22 and September 9, At least 1,529 people were killed. New advances by Assad’s troops have been recorded and takeovers of villages by rebel forces have been claimed, according to Al Jazeera. There are reports about systematic attacks against hospitals. All that means more people killed by the fighting with conventional weapons since then than by the gas attack that prompted all this last international activity, and there is no word about a cease-fire. So no big changes for most of the Syrian people suffering the horrors of the war.