Worldview: Without help, talk is cheap in Syria

Posted on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013
Late last year, I visited the headquarters of a militant Islamist rebel militia called Suqour al-Sham in northern Syria. Dozens of bearded young men were milling about an open courtyard, checking their guns, washing up, or eating. But, to my surprise, I also noticed a gaggle of clean-shaven youths who were secular in appearance. When I asked one of them why he had joined with Islamist militants to battle the regime, he replied: