Kofi Annan, the UN special envoy to Syria, says he is 'optimistic' the emergency meeting on Syria will yield results, but the parties involved have already staked out some irreconcilable demands.
Rapid deterioration of the situation in Syria has given world leaders a sense of urgency, but they seem no closer to finding common ground.
When Syria downed a Turkish jet last Friday, who came out in support of Turkey? That club of democracies called NATO. The Syrians' cry for freedom demands a strong response by nations already free.
Whatever restraint that was being exercised by the parties to Syria's civil war appears to have been cast aside.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told his new government yesterday to spare no effort to win what he now calls a full-scale war.