This is exactly what I was talking about in my last post. If the United States is not going to move against the thug President of Syria Bashar Al-Assad due to his crimes against humanity (and I understand the arguments against US involvement) there should at least be a legal means for US citizens to volunteer for that fight. Apparently the only way a US citizen can join the fight is to join a rebel group that is linked to Al-Qaeda because Al-Qaeda seems to be the only organization around that is actively assisting in the fight against this very bad guy. Now don’t misunderstand my argument. I’m not saying that fighting Al-Assad suddenly makes Al-Qaeda the good guy. My question is why we are punishing a US citizen for firing an RPG at the Syrian regime? As long as he wasn’t conspiring against US targets (and it’s my understanding that he isn’t being accused of that), I think this is a crime that should not be prosecuted. Doing so makes it appear that the United States government is protecting Bashaar Al-Asaad and that’s worse than doing nothing at all.