Former CIA officer Bob Baer tells Anderson Cooper that intervening in the Syria conflict would be dangerous, but it's riskier for the U.S. not to act. He believes it's time to take Bashar al-Assad out.
There are reports that some rebels have obtained heat-seeking shoulder-fired missiles to combat the government forces' powerful weaponry. Syrian activist Zaidoun says that's why the opposition is making progress in the north, while the factions in the south are struggling with basic equipment.
The U.S. is concerned that weapons smuggled into the country will fall into the hands of extremists. Zaidoun agrees that the combination of violence from the regime and the word's reluctance to get involved have created an opportunity for extremists to enter the country.
Anderson reports that civilian bloodshed in Syria is ongoing– even as U.N. observers, whose mandate is to confirm a so-called ceasefire is intact, arrived in the country. Opposition members say that this same day at least seventy people were killed in Syria. For more than a year now the Assad regime has tried to veil its actions from the outside world. On April 16, Anderson spoke with U.S Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice: “They have lied to the international community. They have lied to their own people," she said. The next night, Anderson spoke with an activist named Zaidoun, whose first-hand account from Homs confirms that, indeed, despite the claims of Bashar al-Assad, there is no ceasefire.
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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.
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