"In December 2011, just three months into the crisis, the Qatar Foundation conducted a major poll inside Syria to assess the level of support for Assad ... the results revealed that 55% of Syrians supported President Assad and 68% of Syrians disapproved of the Arab League sanctions. So the main division in Syria is not between Assad and the rest, but between Sunni Islamists and the majority of Syrians.....
"Western governments are supporting the Islamists. What started out as a non-sectarian protest movement was quickly hijacked by sectarian Sunnis ..."
... the way the Muslim Brotherhood hijacked what was the Arab Spring.