The flight to Jordan Monday of Syrian prime minister Riyad Farid Hijab demonstrates that growing numbers of longtime stalwarts of the Ba'ath party regime -- at least those from the country's Sunni majority -- now despair of a negotiated transition and want out.
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.
As fighting intensifies in Syria on the eve of the declared deadline for troop withdrawals and a ceasefire, it is international mediator Kofi Annan's proposed peace process that many see at risk of burial.
Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general once known as a diplomatic rockstar, is trying to start meaningful talks to end the brutality in Syria that has claimed at least 8,000 lives over the past year.