Well the wrong ones, apparently.
A U.S. Army veteran was charged with conspiracy Thursday for fighting alongside a Syrian rebel group linked to al-Qaeda. Eric Harroun, 30, known to Syrians as “the American,” crossed into northern Syria in January and joined members of Jabhat al-Nusra to fight against the Syrian military, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors in federal court in Alexandria.
This gets just a little interesting when you make the fairly simple assumption that we are supporting some of the rebels in Syria. We are also talking like we may be doing even more than that from our lead position in the rear. This guy just picked the wrong bunch of Anti-Assad rebels, you know that whole al Qaeda thing, and got out in front of our policy. It does start to get a tad messy when we start actively working to depose Assad, but have to start sorting out which groups to actively work with.
Thus far the folks who have been rising to take the reins in the countries blossoming in the Arab Spring year deux have been fairly oppressive and rather unsavory themselves. Mostly it seems that they have been trading tyranny for theocracy and maybe even terrorocracy. Maybe the UN can send a Special Rapporteur to the region to sort out the good guys from the bad ones. Nah that won't work, they would just end up finding a way to blame the whole thing on Israel.