EXCLUSIVE: Syrians warn U.S. that Al Qaeda has hijacked revolution

On the eve of yet another Middle East war, many Americans struggle to understand why Syria’s brutal, complicated civil battles necessitate U.S. military intervention. The 2 ½ year struggle to topple President Assad is at a tipping point. Chemical weapons have been deployed on both sides, and caught in the middle are the Syrian people.

100,000 have been killed and 2 million have fled the violence. The humanitarian crisis is unfathomable.

Western policy-makers and politicians argue America must support the Free Syrian Army and their noble cause. They say a moral responsibility to protect the innocent demands action, that order in the Middle East must be restored, and that warning other dictators chemical weapon usage has consequences will save more lives.

They claim Syrians want to be free and would be grateful for U.S. involvement.

But one truth often skipped by western media, which often labels opposition factions as “rebels” without distinction, is the frightening nature of the changing insurgency.

Western policy-makers and politicians argue America must support the Free Syrian Army and their noble cause. They say a moral responsibility to protect the innocent demands action, that order in the Middle East must be restored, and that warning other dictators chemical weapon usage has consequences will save more lives. They claim Syrians want to be free and would be grateful for U.S. involvement.

But one truth often skipped by western media, which often labels opposition factions as “rebels” without distinction, is the frightening nature of the changing insurgency.

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with 21-year-old Rebel in Egypt's Tahrir Square

By sheer happenstances, a 21-year old Egyptian student and organizer contacted me to clarify my misconceptions. Exhausted from the day’s events, the Cairo resident shared a slice of time hoping to clarify media’s misunderstandings and convey the general feeling on Egypt’s streets.

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