Anderson Cooper talks to Arwa Damon about the activist organization in Syria and the use of weapons in the conflict.
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The Syrian Free Army has gradually grown as a result of Bashar al-Assad's policies towards peaceful, Syrian protesters. Now, almost a year later, after 6,000-7,000 dead, hundreds injured and hundreds imprisoned and tortured, more soldiers are defecting BUT they are no match for the regime's army....al-Assad will not stop until all are crushed, he truly believes like his father demonstrated years ago that you can massacre thousands and still reign. Their only "salvation" will have to come from outside forces...a combination of Gulf states, Turkey, Europe and the U.S....BUT there are consequences from this intervention, a retaliation by Syria's sponsors mainly Russia, Iran, Lebanon and China. I believe its a no win situation...where many more will be killed and then what? Right now Bashar al-Assad is smiling pretty... he's got heavy backers on his side with much to gain. If a major group of the Syrian population decides to shift in support of the Free Syrian Army and if those in government from al-Assad's inner circle decide to leave and support the Opposition then and only then can the world avert a dangerous conflict involving many parties....BUT again al-Assad will do anything to stay and hold on to power even if he has to kill thousands more.