Egyptians, including many conservatives, could not tolerate an Islamist government for one year. Meanwhile, the United States continues to prop up the rebels in Syria, aiming at regime change, even though it knows that a large number of the rebels are radical Islamists. Democracy is not going to emerge in Syria if these rebels, who are flooding in from outside the country to promote jihad and sectarian warfare, are victorious. 

As one who grew up in Syria and now lives in Virginia, I ask the U.S. government and its allies to take a deep look at what they are doing and what they are planning to do. Supplying the rebels with more arms and ammunition will only ensure an even greater disaster. The goal at this point should be to put an immediate stop to the fighting and promote a negotiated solution. And negotiations will be impossible as long as the United States insists on the precondition of regime change.

Rim Mghir, McLean