In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera English, a Syrian defector expands on the threats posed by defecting from the Syrian Armed Forces. He argues that people are reluctant to join the opposition due to punishments and retaliations inflicted by the regime. How can one be asked to defect when his family will be arrested or killed?

The colonel also calls for greater intervention from the international community. Despite the alleged American support to the Free Syrian Army, such help must be more constructive. This Wednesday, 18 July 2012, the United Nations Security Council will vote on a resolution regarding the U.N. observer mission in Syria.

For more information, visit the links below.

UN schedules vote on new Syria resolution, Associated Press, 18 July 2012

The threat of sanctions needed to revive Syria peace plan, main opposition group says, The Globe and Mail, 17 July 2012

Syria: Army defectors targeted in killing says UN monitors, Euronews, 15 July 2012

Latest Syrian Defectors Are From Higher Ranks, The New York Times, 25 June 2012