ANOTHER FAMOUS VICTORY – AT 10:45 A.M. ET: The situation in Syria is deteriorating, with a bloody civil war in the offing. Once again the UN shows how effective it is. Syria is Iran's closest ally in the Mideast, and is also a major ally of Moscow. But, hey, who wants to think in those Cold War terms? Right? From Fox:
BEIRUT – U.N. observers in Syria suspended their activities and patrols Saturday because of escalating violence in the country, the head of the mission said, the strongest sign yet that an international peace plan for Syria is disintegrating.
Maj. Gen. Robert Mood said rising bloodshed over the past 10 days was posing significant risks to the lives of the 300 unarmed observers in the country, and was impeding their ability to carry out their mandate.
The observers were sent to the country after international envoy Kofi Annan brokered a peace plan that included a cease-fire that was supposed to take effect on April 12. But both sides have continued to stage daily attacks and the observers themselves have been caught up in the violence on several occasions.
The Syrian government, intent on wresting back control of rebel-held areas, launched a fierce offensive in recent days to recover territories in several locations, shelling heavily populated districts and using attack helicopters over towns and cities.
COMMENT: The name Kofi Annan and the word "peace" should not be found together in the same sentence. The man is a continuing disaster. His "peace plan" never had any chance without a credible threat of force against the Assad regime. That credible threat does not exist.
This is going to get worse. More than 10,000 have already been killed. Please note the deep concern of Western "human rights" activists and their "peace activist" buddies.
June 16, 2012