The recently released book, Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War by Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami mentions that one movement among the Syrian revolutionary movement, the Local Coordinating Committees, opposed the use of armed violence among Syrian revolutionaries as late as January 2012 despite the severe violence that the Assad regime inflicted upon protesters all that time since March 2011.
In Chapter 5 it is mentioned that the LCCs made a statement quoted in the book rejecting the use of armed force to fight the Assad regime. They took this position even though over 2,500 had been killed by that time as mentioned in their statement.
Later in the chapter it is mentioned that the LCCs again opposed taking up arms for themselves as late as January 2012.
However as the Assad regime's campaign of violence continued this ideal was rendered nonviable. The Assad regime's violence and human rights violations against Syrians provoked an armed insurgency in response.
Tragically the Syrian people continue to suffer from the catastrophe imposed upon them by the Assad regime's campaign of violence and repression. A recent UN report noted that the Assad regime's treatment of prisoners may amount to extermination.
In recent days many Syrians have fled for their lives from Aleppo in the wake of severe bombardment and advances by the Assad regime. This will further contribute to the ongoing refugee crisis.
The Syrian people deserve to live in peace and safety. It is just so terrible.