Syria's is an unwinnable war, deadlocked and deadly. Neither side can break through and neither side will give up.
Although this week has been calmer than most, the relative silence was smashed by multiple artillery strikes across the city today.
We were taken through one of the most feared compounds in Damascus to meet four men we had chosen from a file of two dozen prisoners.
It's been a long war and Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister looks like he's lived every minute of it.
The deaths of three British soldiers in one incident in Afghanistan still has the power to shock us. And yet it is no surprise.
After an assassination attempt on the prime minister in central Damascus, is the Syrian regime's 'square of security' shrinking?
April is a highly significant month in the calendar of right wing, anti-government extremists in America.
This G8 meeting is important but the countries involved are almost powerless to solve any one of the crises they gather to discuss.
It is no exaggeration to say she was the international face of Britain for 11 years and, like her country, she boxed above her weight.
The result of the referendum may be a foregone conclusion but the Island's Government - and Britain - hopes it will send a signal.