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February 6th, 2012
10:09 PM ET

Video: Syrian activist gives first-hand account of regime's brutality

The Syrian regime says life in Homs is normal, but the pictures and reports tell a much different story. In an emotional interview, Syrian activist Zaidoun gives voice to a reality of death and destruction.


Filed under: 360° Interview • Anderson Cooper • Keeping Them Honest • Syria
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  1. anna

    thank you anderson for getting this out to the world. god bless you.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  2. Jaker, Dublin, Eire

    Why isn't the world dealing with this...another Holocaust (literally)? Russia are not going to do anything or don't care...as they have already taken sides with Assad for the money & arm deals. It's about time we stopped reporting on this slaughter & started reporting on our efforts to step in & do something. Call Russia's bluff...as least Kennedy in the "Bay of Pigs" scenario did so. We can't let this go on, or you'll see it in every despot country from now on. Assad is a coward & a murderer & he should be told that & that the world or someone is coming to stop this slaughter of the innocents & put him on trial. Let's act like a caring world & not an inhumane one – just looking on.

    As for Russia & China the more they let this continue in their name, (they will be reviled for ever) & drowned in innocent Syrian blood.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  3. TexMex Anonym

    First of all, I enjoy your show and all CNN programming a lot. But I want to do some of the "keeping them honest" thing
    It's been in the news the situation in Syria and about the 6K+ kills since last March and all that coverage in the middle east conflicts, which, although they're important, there are far more important things to cover in regards of foreign policy and armed conflicts around the world
    Let's not go very far, let's just take Mexico and the situation with the drug cartels
    As CNN reported it in 01/11/12, around 13K people were killed by the hands of organized crime in the first 3 quarters of 2011 alone! During the present administration, close to 50K people have been kiled by organized crime, and those are just the official numbers!
    So, question is, why is there a lot more coverage on conflicts in the middle east? Is it because is a sexier story? Or because there are more US interests in the middle east than there are in Mexico and Latin America? Or is it because of terrorism?
    Think it twice. Mexico is the main commercial partner America has. Mexico has a geographical position that is more threatening that the middle east. All that violence can jump the border at any time. These organizations may also have links with other organizations threating our country. And so many other reasons why there should be more coverage by the American media
    Is it because liberty ideals are being violated there and they want to freely elect their leaders as it happened in other middle east countries?
    Well, in Mexico, organized crime has the population in the same state. Universal rights there are overruled by their agendas. Yes they can go to vote, but they have to do it for certain parties/candidates if they don't want to get threaten. Also, corruption is everywhere
    Or is it really a matter of natural resources that drives this attention (question nobody wants to ask maybe)?
    So the question remains the same: why?

    February 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  4. Y0

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    February 8, 2012 at 3:56 am |
  5. Y0

    "Even in time 0f st0rm the light 0f the l0rd shine""When 0ur s0ldiers sh0uld be fighting al0ng side 0ur pe0ple in the Arab c0ntinent"and africa"Asia" and in eur0pe the 0bama administrati0n wish t0 run"make treat and excuses becase he thing like all dictat0r and this is a advise t0 the american pe0ple d0nt trust any 0ne that tax y0ur and 0ne t0 rise it" T0 the american pe0ple the greates virtue is t0 listen the true" The arab pe0ple fr0m all the c0ntinent are y0ur br0thers and sister =S0 the pe0ple 0f Israel"Kurdistan""druze"the 0nly enemy are them that has expl0it them"abuse them and kill them "the rest y0ur has the pe0ple 0f a great nati0n kn0w"0ur s0ldier sh0uld n0t be standind by dictat0rs and ut0pia ar0und the w0rd"freed0m"dem0cracy"human rights and justice"XYX"Y0.

    February 8, 2012 at 3:31 am |
  6. kat

    the entire world SHOULD be ashamed

    February 8, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  7. kat

    what a horrible way to live

    February 8, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  8. hferrati

    Reblogged this on hferrati and commented:
    These images are incredibly powerful. How can they deny it when we clearly are able to see the truth.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  9. Tarek A

    Thanks for this coverage Anderson. This brings tears to my eyes.

    February 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  10. angel barrios

    Thousand graces for taking him to the world of such an objective and professional way, the massacre of the Syrian people for a brutal regime.

    February 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  11. Sharon Galloway

    Danny has a respiratory illness and looks like he's starving.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  12. Sharon Knorr

    Why did we help Libyans and not the Syrians? Because of China and Russia? Everytime these kinds of things happen, afterwards everyone says, "How did this happen? Why did noone step in?" We are watching it happen on TV, the internet – there is no excuse. Are we going to move towards a world where these things are not tolerated or are we going to continue as always? We are the strongest country in the world. Let's act like it. There are many options.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  13. becky

    Praying? I am not sure what kind of God is going to listen to this murderer's prayer. He needs to be captured and face his people. Why do we let this happen again and again all over Asia, Middle East and Africa?

    February 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  14. Al Garnier

    Yeah, good luck with the United Nations thingie!

    February 6, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  15. Al Garnier

    I believe the United Nations should revisit their charter to revise the level of veto power any one country should control. Not all countries have veto power and should have more bargaining power than that dictated by veto. Without revision, the United Nations will remain ineffective. With the global population at 7 billion and recent adverse environmental conditions creating food shortages, we need more social exchange and cohesion now more than ever. No country is immune and It will take the whole world together to solve
    these mounting problems.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  16. Hassan Beiruty

    Thank you so much Anderson for covering the atrocities of the brutal regime of Syria. I wish other network would spend a fraction of their time showing some of the mass genocide underway under an international licence and total impunity to a terrorist regime.

    February 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Even among Hitler's regime, there were many of his army leaders who questioned him and wanted to overthrow him...Perhaps Egypt would have fared better with a planned coup d'état...perhaps within the Syrian army, there are those questioning Assad...find them and help them...

    February 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm |