Stephen Seche, former deputy to the U.S. ambassador in Syria thinks plans for a military strike against Syria would be a "genuine, credible response to really abhorrent behavior by the al-Assad regime."
However, Seche cautioned that he was "reluctant" to see the United States act unilaterally in a strike on Syria. He worries that such a strike could make it a "West versus the Arab or Muslim world" type of conflict and the U.S. would be better served to be joined by allies from the region.
The human element is also a major focus in the crisis in Syria. The United Nations has called it the worst humanitarian crisis in almost 20 years.
Senior Adviser at the UN Refugee Agency Jana Mason visited the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan last month and recounted the "miserable" experience.
"I was only in Za'atari for maybe six or seven hours. And when I left I was drenched in sweat, I was hot, I was dusty, I was frankly, miserable. And when I think about the fact that 120,000 people are living there, not just for six hours but for the foreseeable future, it's pretty miserable."
Mason points out that the United Nations is "very concerned" about the impact the current trauma will have when they eventually return to Syria.
Watch the entire interviews with Stephen Seche and Jana Mason above to hear more about the Syrian conflict and what you can do to help with the refugee crisis.
First published August 29 2013, 9:18 PM