Diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, places conditions on his acceptance of mediator between the Syrian government and the rebels. He suggests that the former peace envoy failed due to lack of support from the UN. Anonymous sources who have spoken with media suggest Mr. Brahimi wants support from the Security Council, and an agreement between the major veto powers. If Diplomat Brahimi can negotiate such a deal, he may accept the role. If his wishes are not meant, there are others being considered for the position of next in line to fail.
Day by day, the violence continues. Tanks roll down the streets of Aleppo, past destruction stemming from 18 months of fighting. Men armed with heavy artillery swarm the streets, while innocent civilians find themselves in middle of it all. The Free Syrian Army may just end Bashar al-Assad's regime. Night after night, freedom fighters refuse to surrender.
"Take what you want; just help yourself," appears to be the message from Iranian leadership to President Assad. All too often, it seems someone beats him to the punch. Iran had a supply of weapons in route to Syria recently that were seized in Turkey. Iran's former militia is also up for grabs, as the rebels have kidnapped a number of them. Iran keeps putting it out there, as they would not want anyone to stand between them and their war on Israel.
Russia and China are the lead supporters of the Syrian Regime. Each time the west suggests Bashar al-Assad should step down, the two major ranks have used their power of veto. As Mr. Annan can do no more with the situation, China steps in to negotiate. They have spoken with President Assad's envoy, and are preparing for talks with the rebels. "The man who just quit had a great idea, it was a 6 point plan" says the Chinese ministry.