...to see if enough people salute.
Make no mistake; the purpose of stories like this is to gauge public opinion re: direct US intervention. Those plucky Syrian freedom fighters that we organized are now taking on not only the evil Assad, but the even eviler al-Qaeda types who have stolen their revolution.
How can we possibly stand by? We have a moral obligation to intervene!
Get ready for the full court 24/7 propaganda blitz. We simply CANNOT turn our backs now on these courageous Syrian freedom fighters from London and Paris who are now fighting for their lives against the evil Syrian al-Qaeda freedom fighters from Libya and Saudi Arabia and Chechnya.
There's a wide range of folks who have a keen interest in stirring things up in Syria. When another US war means many more years of black ink on the bottom line, you can be sure there's going to be a propaganda campaign to make the sale.
Coming soon to a FOXABCBSNBCNN news outlet near you.
Don't say I didn't warn ya.