Whether by design or not, external players are indeed doing just enough to maintain a state of stalemate in Syria. Syrians will not be allowed to solve their problems until these players solve theirs. It’s not the Islamists who are hijacking the revolution: Islamists, loyalists, secularists, Alawites, tribalists, even nonviolence activists, all now are but instruments of implementation of agendas that they do not control or even want. This revolution has been hijacked by the usual powers-that-be. Failure to draw clear redlines in the first months, allowed for a protest movement to turn into an armed uprising, failure to create a no-fly zone allowed for the armed uprising to pave the way for a civil war, civil wars encourage external dabbling, transforming the conflict into a proxy war. Proxy wars can only be resolved through an international consensus, which usually takes years to be reached. Meanwhile, the seesaw of stalemate grinds on, with rebels pushing and Assadists pushing back.