Today we saw two astonishing videos that capture the horror and heroism of Syria’s fight against a dictator’s brutal force.
In the first, a young boy – we don’t know his name or age – is trapped in the crossfire between rebels and troops until a man, risking his own life, rushes in, picks up the boy, and carries him to safety.
In the second video it appears a group of people are being used as human shields for Bashar al-Assad’s tanks as soldiers chant: “With our blood, with our souls, we defend you Bashar.”
The Syrian uprising has already claimed almost 6,000 lives.
And there are reports that 400 children have been killed in Syria since late January.
President Obama is under increasing pressure to respond to the Syrian crisis and remove Bashar al-Assad by force.
But can America afford to join the fight?
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was on Capitol Hill today to discuss massive military cuts to our armed forces that could result in “acceptable risks.”
The Pentagon plans to slash nearly $500 billion over the next decade despite the fact next year’s budget is already $32 billion less than the 2012 budget.
America spent roughly $600 million to take down Qaddafi’s air defense system.
But with about 4,000 surface-to-air missiles, 5,000 tanks, more than 500 Russian MiG jets and a ground force of more than 300,000 troops, Syria's air defense is much larger than what we saw in Libya.
And the Syrian leader seems to have no interest in caving to worldwide condemnation.
Already facing charges of slaughtering civilians in Homs, Bashar al-Assad responded today with another round of shelling on a city that is almost entirely without electricity and in desperate need of food, water and medicine.
Arwa Damon, one of just a handful of western journalists in Syria, spoke to OutFront from an undisclosed safe house today.