Of course, it is a gallows humor.
An abstract of one article:
GLEN NEWEY It’s wartime again The political strategy almost makes the military one look as if it lacks stupidity. It calls for making allies of regional unfriends like Assad, Putin and maybe Iran, and for the reconciliation of unfriends of unfriends such as Erdoğan with Putin. Out of this it’s expected that a political solution will crystallise, in which Assad will play a key role while also standing down. This is not realism, but surrealism. It can be made sense of only expressively. After Paris, civilisation demands futile acts of symbolic violence.