Annan Warns of ‘All-Out War’

“The specter of an all-out war, with an alarming sectarian dimension, grows by the day,” special United Nations envoy Kofi Annan warned members of the Arab League regarding Syria on Saturday. It’s the closest the former U.N. secretary-general has come to crying havoc as the county’s 14-month uprising continues to result in more deaths as violent actions are taken by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Annan has watched the fragile threads of a U.N.-backed peace plan disintegrate before his eyes in recent weeks, with violence continuing virtually unabated in the country despite the presence of international monitors. Meanwhile, clashes between pro- and anti-Assad demonstrators in Lebanon resulted in at least six deaths Saturday.