"you invoked the example of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism. The difference is that THAT particular "battle" was won by stalemate;, by NOT going to war. THIS war shreds any sense of peaceful containment and is essentially a Pandora's Box. Once the lid is cracked, the inferno will spill into the streets and war ravage the planet."
Well, the difference really is that the Cold War lasted till the Soviet Union's fall, despite whatever means were taken toward peace. The weight of negotiations does not lie solely on one party.