Charles Glass: With Annan’s Exit and Influx of Foreign Arms, Syria’s Violence “Seems the Only Way Out”

Kofi Annan’s resignation is a serious setback for anyone who’d hoped that there could be a diplomatic resolution to this conflict. He was the go-between between amongst the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia, the opposition, and the regime, and he was the only person that was put there by the United Nations and the Arab League who could carry messages amongst all the parties. This is clearly an indication that diplomacy is failing and the outcome we’re seeing in Aleppo and other parts of Syria today, that the attempts at a negotiated settlement now seem to be abandoned and warfare seems to be the only way out.

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