March 10th, 2012
07:03 AM ET

Kofi Annan meets with Syrian president; Qatar says it's time to send troops

A former United Nations secretary-general met with Syria's president Saturday in the latest diplomatic attempt to halt the bloodshed in the country.

But on the same morning, at least 15 people died from fresh violence across Syria, opposition activists said.

Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab League, met President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus "to seek an urgent end to ... human rights violations and to initiate efforts to promote a peaceful solution" to the violence that has wracked the country for nearly a year, his spokesman said.

Time is running out for a diplomatic way of ending the crisis, said Haytham Manna of the opposition Coordinating Committee of Democratic Transition in Syria.

"We are at the last moments of reaching a political solution. We are getting to the point of no return," said Manna, a Paris-based dissident. "If we can't reach a political agreement today, we will head toward the abyss. ... The regime is pushing the country as a whole toward a full scale armed struggle between the very well organized military institution and our people."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Kofi Annan may carry his weapon of choice on his shoulder and march into Syria himself.
    Do not send American troops.

    March 10, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    IM TIRED of wars... who cares what goes on over there anyways?

    March 10, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Combat Services Ltd. (aka Colin Powell)

    That's right Joey. Send South American troops. It worked in Iraq, sort of. Combat Svcs. Ltd. is a corporate military recruiter and supplier of soldiers for rent. For example, well trained AWOL Chilean or Peruvian soldiers made 5,800/mo as a private contractors fighting in Iraq. An added bonus was if the foreign trained contracyor gets killed in action, his death does not count against the official body count. CNN Europe reported one mass graveyard of dead contractors reported to have over 5,000 dead. Another one was found on the island of Malta, of all places. And YES. it IS Against international law to recruit foreign trained troops. But the USA is above all that legal jibberish.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Don't buy gas on Fridays. I made that mistake last night. $4.09/gal. 10 coal plants in Illinois...shut down. Keystone pipeline project voted out, and 20,000 jobs lost. This administration doesn't want war, but this administration wants to see $10.00/gal. and shut down this country. So don't go to war, but you'll wind up financing somebody elses war for them anyways.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Israeli Citizen

    Hello? Our government killed 11 more citizens today. Do we have to hire a PR firm to sell Israel's treatment of citizens as a better show to watch than Syria's to get your attention? How about a little UN Peacekeeping Troops being sent our way. (Fully 1/4 of Israel's citizens are not Jews. Many more are Jews who party and do drugs, so not really 'Jews'. And then there's the criminal element found in every society. All-tolled, a significant voice in Israel is not being heard from. I doubt they approve of the israeli gov. attacking citizens with jets and missiles.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. comment on 'Israeli Citizen'

    Here in the USA, the people have a voice. All the people. Including those who do not suspribe to the USA's national religion, Christianity. Also including citizens who are fraudulent (social security/military entytlement frauds, welfare frauds, food stamp frauds, etc etc etc), citizens who party and do drugs, even citizens who don't have a clue...have a voice. A very very LOUD voice broadcast each and every single waking hour by the liberal media. Make Israel liberal(er) Legalize marijuanna in Israel. Subsidize US exports of kind bud to Israeli citizens. Good for goose/gander..

    March 10, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. @Jeff

    ...meanwhile, prices on US Natural Gas are at a 10 year low. Natural gas-fired turbine technology was developed decades ago, and has yet to be assimilated into our society like, say, the all-new Chevy Volt automobile that runs on burnt coal part-time. Ng burns 100% emmissions. Many are burning it INSIDE their homes as i write this. But the men (incl. the 17% who are women) you voted into office are *Oily Men*. They tax the living sh/t out of Ng so you drink their Nigerian oil, for example.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      not really against ng.. but 100% clean? people have CO alarms because of ng in the home..

      March 10, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. @Jeff

    ...they limit how many refineries can be built in the USA. Think about that. There hasn't been an oil refinery built in the US for over 20 years, yet we drive more cars and need MORE gas....MORE refineries. Imagine if the gov. restricted toilet paper making. Most of US would either have skid marks all day, or Sears Catalogue scratches. But instead, we got 5 buck gas profit margins and the Ng they sell you shows a profit margin off the charts. They really rip US off bigtime on Ng for your home.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    "Kofi Annan meets with Syrian president."

    This is a serious waste of time. Kofi might as well sit down and have some coffee.

    "Qatar says it's time to send troops."

    Hey, now that is a great idea. As long as it's troops we're talking about here.

    March 10, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Meant to say, As long as it's your troops.

      March 10, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    yeah, qatar can lead this one. smashing idea they had..

    March 10, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I'm with Jj about the light bulbs.

    March 10, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Talkic Social

    Qatar (other than Israel) is the most forward thinking country in the region...maybe we should listen to them?

    March 10, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Bashful Bashar...yeah. He pert near knows everyone IS talking about him. I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps he's deaf. All the people across north Africa in all the little countries are tired of these 30 + year dicktaters. using them..

    March 10, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    CNN – Why do you waste my time like this. You don't like what I say? So you cut my posts and cut my side of the story. You enhance the liberal left by slashing my comments. I thought I had a right to post here.

    March 10, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    I like Chevy, I drive one, BUT, the Chevy Volt IS $40,000. Impracticle for menial labor income families. PLUMB STUPID!!!

    March 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
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