The farce that is the Annapolis Peace Conference is set to begin today, with everyone's favourite terrorist state, Syria, in attendance. Given Syria's (at best) ambivalence towards the mythical "Peace Process", the most that anyone could hope for from the Syrians would be that they don't get in the way if something meaningful starts to occur (yeah, right). More likely, Syria will use this conference as photo-op, and to enhance the prestige of one of the more odious regimes on the planet: http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/bstephens/?id=110010912.
By convening this conference, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has set the stage for even more violence, because unless Israel totally capitulates to the Arab states (a definite possibility), the Palestinians will ramp up the terrorism, with the full support and connivance of the Arab/Muslim world.
And here's a heartwarming postscript to this whole fiasco. The Saudis refuse to acknowledge Israel at the conference, going so far as to refuse to even enter through the same door as the Israeli delegation: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1195546733481&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull.