Escalating Violence in Syria

Escalating Violence in Syria

Syrian security forces round up thousands of civilians and Turkey calls for an immediate end to the bloodshed. Growing concern over the crackdown in Syria.

Syrian security forces round up thousands of civilians and Turkey calls for an immediate end to the bloodshed. Growing concern over the crackdown in Syria.

Guests

Hisham Melhem

Washington bureau chief, Al-Arabiya News Channel

Mona Yacoubian

special adviser, Center for Conflict Analysis Prevention, U.S. Institute of Peace

Robert Malley

Middle East and North Africa program director, International Crisis Group

Arwa Damon

international correspondent for CNN based in Beirut, Lebanon.

Selcuk Unal

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mr Selcuk Unal

Program Highlights

  • "Both sides, the government as well as the opposition, saw Ramadan as almost a decisive month in terms of the qualitative pressure from the opposition against the regime. And the regime realizes that it is under tremendous regional, as well as international, pressure, " Hisham Melham said of the political situation in Syria.
  • "Then there's also been the emergence of some incredibly disturbing videos, notably this one clip that shows a little girl. She's 2 1/2 years old, and she's been shot. She's lying on the pavement. Her little white T-shirt is just covered in blood. And activists were telling us, residents of that area were telling us that she'd been trying to flee with her family following a call by the Syrian security forces, telling residents to get out," Arwa Damon said.
  • "The longer this confrontation continues between the regime and the opposition, two things we can talk about with certainty -- that it will be more violent, and ugly sectarianism will rear its head. We've seen this in the past," Melham said.
  • "The things that we - that the U.S. and others could do most effectively is not so much sanctions, but is to try to put together the form of reassurance in terms of what the political future, the economic future, the sectarian future of Syria will be. They look at the region, as Hisham says, there's not much reason for optimism. If you look at Lebanon, if you look at Iraq, even if you look at Egypt today, those are not reasons for hoping that the future is going to be as bright as one would like it to be. " Robert Malley said.
  • "I think it's very hard to see how this regime continues to rule given where we are today. That said -- and, you know, he's lost its basic support domestically and internationally. His last card is violence, and that's a card you could only use for so long. On the other hand, if you look at what's happening to the Arab Spring, if that's what you want to call it, since Egypt and Tunisia, there's not a single case where a regime has fallen," Robert Malley said.

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