Civil War in Syria

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Fighting has escalated in the Syrian capital Damascus in recent days -- and this weekend the International Red Cross officially declared the unrest a civil war. Activists in Syria say more than 17,000 people have died in the uprising to remove President Bashar al-Assad. We get an update on recent events in Syria. How should the international community respond?

Guests:

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and former senior director for policy planning of the State Department under George W. Bush

Deborah Amos, foreign correspondent for NPR

Wael Sawah, author of a column for the pan-Arab paper Al Hayat, writer and researcher on issues of Syrian civil society and political parties for Etana Press, based in Damascus

Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan, author of "Engaging the Muslim World," columnist at Salon.com and author of the "Informed Comment" blog at JuanCole.com

Abraham Sofaer, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and former legal adviser to the U.S. State Department from 1985-1990

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