As the world watches the Syrian regime butchering its own people, it is worth reminding PJ Media readers that it wasn’t that long ago that the “realist” crowd was cheering engagement with Syria.

Take, for instance, Sen. John Kerry’s visit to Damascus this time last year:

U.S. Senator John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee and a close associate of U.S. President Barack Obama, has been working together with Syrian President Bashar Assad over the last few months on a plan to restart negotiations between Syria and Israel.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been briefed on Kerry’s talks with Assad, opposes the plan, since he does not believe Assad is serious about making peace with Israel.

Who’s the realist now, John Kerry?