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May 30th, 2012
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Rep. Rogers says working with Arab League key to Syria issue, says public pressure could turn Russia

Eleven countries have now kicked out their Syrian ambassadors, including the U.S., Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, Bulgaria, The Netherlands and Japan. In just a few hours, the U.N. security council meets to talk about what to do now, after a massacre in the town of Houla where 108 civilians were killed and nearly half were children.

UN envoy Kofi Annan, who's been meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, says Assad himself "condemned the killings too." He even vowed to organize an investigation but many say the Syrian government is the one to blame.

The White House insists military action is not the right course of action, but GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney thinks otherwise. He released a statement saying "we should work with partners to arm the opposition so they can defend themselves."

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Intelligence committee chairman Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) says the U.S.'s best response at this point is to work with the Arab League and allies to confront Syria.

"I'm not sure arming is the right answer here," Rep. Rogers says. "We're just not exactly sure who the bad guys are and who the good guys are right now in Syria. You don't know who you're giving weapons to."

"A more concerted effort by standing shoulder to shoulder with the Arab League, who does want to do more in Syria, is probably the best course of action," Rep. Rogers adds.

In the video below, Rep. Rogers also explains how public pressure could force Russia to take a different stance on Syria and further condemn their actions.

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