Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan is an improvement on previous would-be mediators in Syria (the presence of a notorious war criminal among them sets the bar pretty low). But even he has proven no more effective in quelling the conflict, according to the Washington Post:
An international push to end Syria’s conflict stalled Sunday as U.N. envoy Kofi Annan left Damascus without a cease-fire deal and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces pounded opposition areas and clashed with rebels throughout the country.
Via Meadia is not in the habit of making rash predictions (leave that to the mainstream pundits), but we will go out on a limb here and suggest that you’re not likely anytime soon to read sentences like: “U.N. envoy Kofi Annan left Damascus with a cease-fire deal.” As we’ve noted, the media has been overplaying Assad’s weakness, and he has little reason to give in to international pressure, especially given that U.S. intervention in Libya has stunted any efforts to form a serious coalition against Syria.Ultimately, if the Butcher of Damascus is to go, it will require military intervention from the Turks or others, not the well-meaning yet hapless ministrations of Kofi Annan.