Syria is crumbling more each day. It may not be all out war but it is civil war which is becoming increasingly nasty. Both sides, the Syrian Regime and the Rebels, have committed atrocities. Both have blamed each other. Tit for tat reprisals always fail to achieve anything except bitter hatred of each other.
Yesterday shocking footage of the killing of pro regime militia in Syria made for grim viewing. Today the rebels have claimed that the regime is on a killing spree once more. As usuall verification of events is not easy to find. Video footage however often tells a raw tale of what is going on.
UN Arab league peace envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, has tried hard during the last year to help resolve the conflict in Syria. Today August 2, 2012, he has given up and resigned.
It will have taken a lot for Mr Annan to hold up his hands and say I surrender. It shows just how embroiled in conflict the people of Syria are and how ineffective the UN's best efforts have been.
A press conference was hastily held today so that Annan's resignation could be announced. He said, "I did not receive all the support that the cause deserved. I accepted this task, which some called mission impossible, for I believed it was a sacred duty to do whatever was in my power to help the Syrian people find a peaceful solution to this bloody conflict."
Mr Annan cited the increasing miltarisation of the unrest in Syria by both sides as one of the reasons he was resigning. He also attacked a blame culture in the UN and the inability of leaders to agree. The once heralded six point plan for peace created by Mr Annan has collapsed as both sides have not adhered to agreements.
No doubt some World leaders will be happy to see Mr Annan go, hoping to hit Syria harder. More sanctions are inevitable, as are more deaths on all sides.
However, much as most Western leaders play up Assad's short comings and play down the rebels failings, both sides are now at fault. When the civil war is over it will be exactly what happens after all wars. It will be the winning war criminals trying the losing war criminals.
War is a dirty business with atrocities and human rights breaches happening daily. It remains to be seen where this conflict will go and when it will end. Then of course the big question will be what happens next?
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog