May 28th, 2012
09:47 AM ET

Annan in Syria with message for 'everyone with a gun'

International envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Syria on Monday amid growing fury over a gruesome massacre that killed 108 people in one town.

He vowed "serious" discussions with President Bashar al-Assad and said he had a message for "everyone with a gun": to halt the violence.

Rebel leaders have said Annan's six-point plan is already "dead" following the killings in Houla, a suburb of the anti-government bastion of Homs. U.N. monitors in Syria said 49 children were among those slaughtered there Friday.

Al-Assad's regime insists it was not behind the massacre and blames terrorist groups. Throughout the uprising against the government, Syria has blamed violence on "armed terrorist groups."

But throughout Syria, people pointed fingers at the government. One man who helped prepare the bodies of children - including a baby - for burial asked a U.N. observer, "Why are they treating us like animals?"

Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy, will meet with al-Assad and senior officials, as well as representatives of the opposition and civil society. He will review the work of the U.N. monitoring mission in the country as well.

"I have come to Syria at a critical moment in this crisis," Annan said, according to his spokesman. "I am personally shocked and horrified by the tragic incident in Houla two days ago, which took so many innocent lives, children, women and men. This was an appalling crime, and the Security Council has rightly condemned it."

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  1. saywhat

    Outside forces , not necessarily representing the Syrian people, would go to any length to provide an excuse for the Western powers to intervene militarily.
    A regime which is backed by Russia, disliked by Saudi Royals for leanings towards Iran and an obstacle to Israeli designs in the region is a thorn in many a sides.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Given the sketchy details of this latest "massacre", it surely would suggest that it's not the Assad forces who did this but rather splinter groups involved in the revolt who want to get the west into this internal fray. This speaks to the fact also that this culture is steeped in brutal violence and seems to thrive on constant upheavals – pitting divided tribes and religious divisions against each other. It's hard to garner a lot of support for any military intervention for this since the result of these revolutions are always the same...just a different name on the same old violence and oppression from the inevitable theocratic "dictators" to keep peace among these varied interests.

    May 28, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Peaches

    Like Father (Hafez Assad) , like son (Bashar al-Assad.

    May 28, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    If its not a western problem then why all this bruhaha from idiots like McCain and Romney and the like minded for military intervention and arming the 'rebels'?
    Don't we have enough on our fragile plate already??

    May 28, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      some people love to profit from others miseries...the halliburton syndrome

      May 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pete

    The Assad family have been historicly murderers by conviction,that's how they ruled thru fear of death or prison to anyone railing against their fascist agendas for decades.His father Hafel became leader after the Baath Party coup in 1963 with actions of assasinations,torture,political arrests to smash the Muslim brotherhood. The Assad family has inherited not only his power,but his thirst for blood thru his murderous actions that are being examined world wide.This Assad has to be stopped by arrest or murder thru military or civilian actions or more innocents will be murdered by his well paid thugs coming here from nations afar for quick riches .

    May 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. yuhmad

    Its a tragedy for these young men and women to be killed in this way. But how can the US go into Syria when these same people and government are agentswith hezbellah and want to murder our servicemen and women both abroad and right here in the US. Its just like in Iraq, Afghanistan when our service people were killed and they were just in a hurry to get the US out. Who are these rebels? And, we have our own troubles right here with foreclosures, unemployment.......

    May 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I oppose any USA involvement in Syria's internal power struggles.

    May 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      that's nottah internal struggle that's an internal slaughter...

      May 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Kofi A. Annon of Ghanna, Seventh Secretary General of the United Nations is going to talk to Assad?
    He's a day late and a dollar short.
    Amost like Rev19:1-21
    Where the Antichrist and his forces are going to do battle with Christ. When the Antichrist and false prophet are thrown alive into the "Lake of Fire"
    Again bashful Basar al-Assad will prove the entire world, it's just O.K. to commit murder and genocide to get his point across to the unarmed citizens, just because "they don't like him".
    The leader of our "ruling class" in this country says he's "leading by example". Sit back an do nothing. Oh is that a missle heading for my house! Duck!

    May 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    You see, Bashar al-Bashad just wants to be a good person with good manners.
    You see, he's part of the 90% in this world, that want to be good people, but for some reason despite that, JUST DOESN'T GET IT!

    May 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ♚Mmmmm♛

    seems the world has forgotten talk is cheap!

    May 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Sure I'd almost bet he's trying to lure in a superpower to fight him (like the U.S.), then Iran will do an about face and nuke Syria. And why not. Bashad will make it convenient for himself, to be somewhere else. And his people are dead anyways.

    May 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Oh my. How judgemental of me to think Iran has weapons grade plutonium.

    May 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hanafitatawarna

    high-level conspiracy, ..

    May 29, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |