"“The regime made it so we talk about Alawi/Sunni. They made it sectarian.”" Well, if the writer (who I knew when he worked for Democracy Now) actually read the regime and opposition media, he would have discovered that there are no sectarian references in regime propaganda (without denying the sectarian bases of the ruling elite), while the opposition media (in all of its forms including FB and Twitter) are full of vulgar and crude sectarian references. Also, let me get this strait: so the Jihadi Salafites and Ikhwan in Syria would have been secular but that the regime made them sectarian? Can you run that by me again, Sharif? This is like silly comment by Golda Meir in which she blamed Arabs for making her kill Arab babies.