The shift in public sentiment is palpable. Radicalized opposition elements scare people. Daily bloodshed reminds everyone of what's coming if they gain control.
An unnamed Saraqib Syrian said, "They were supposed to be the people on whom we depend to build a civil society." Instead, they're destroying it.
An Aleppo resident "begged rebels not to camp in a neighborhood telecommunications office. But they did, and government attacks knocked out phone service."
"One fighter shot into the air when customers at a bakery did not let him cut into a long line for bread. Another was enraged when a man washing his car accidentally splashed him. He shot at him." He escaped unharmed.
Twenty months after conflict began, people "are trapped in a darkening mood of despair, revulsion and fear that neither side can end the conflict."
"The most significant change is (that people openly) criticize rebels."
"Small acts of petty humiliation and atrocities like executions have led many more Syrians to believe that (many) rebels are (morally) depraved"."
They "forced government soldiers from a milk factory, then destroyed it, even though residents needed the milk and had good relations with the owner."- Advertisement -
"They shelled the factory and stole everything. Those are repulsive acts."
Syrians also know who bears responsibility for months of conflict and what's at stake. LIke others throughout the region, they deplore Washington for good reason. They want to live free from Western dominance. They may end up dying for it.
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