The debate taking place between Russia and the West over the flow of weapons to Syria indicates that they are still far from an agreement at the moment -- at least during the phase of the countdown to the G20 summit in a few days.
While the Internet has faced various threats in its young life, countries that appreciate the economic and societal benefits are waking up to the very real threat of international governmental control.
All of Putin's bold defiance on behalf of the Assad regime is another wake-up call for this administration that he is determined to "re-reset" U.S.-Russian relations, and face down anyone who stands in the way of Russia reasserting its position in the Middle East.
This week, at the World Economic Forum meeting in Istanbul, it was clear that the Syrian issue had given a different color to what had been called the Arab Spring when Arab revolutions and uprisings erupted.
What Kofi Annan and his team should think of is the need to distinguish between the failure of the plan and the failure of the man on the one hand, and the thwarting of the six points stated in the man's plan on the other. This mandate is first and foremost meant for Syria and its fate.
The world will not necessarily stop, as postponement and delay could cause a backlash against the Arab region and the United States in the form of a major concern and a monster that can only be restrained at a very high cost.
Kofi Annan will not be able to continue merely managing relations between major powers while the Syrian leadership targets people militarily. He has no choice but to admit that granting deadline after deadline will be translated into prolonging the conflict.