Today’s rallies took place under the slogan “One Nation, One Flag, One War” – but the Nation in question is not Syria, rather, it’s the Islamic Nation, the flag is not the independence flag chosen by the early protest leaders but Al-Qaeda’s infamous black flag, and the War is not one for the liberation of Syria but one for the restoration of the Caliphate system! The extremists are gaining more and more grounds by the day in Syria. With its reluctance to intervene, the U.S. has already bungled the job there at the expense of $350 million to the American taxpayer in addition to the newly promised 60. The cost to Syrians is immeasurable. This wrong cannot be righted with halfhearted measures. But is it even perceived as a wrong? If not, what’s the point in suggesting remedies? If there is any silver-lining here, it’s found in the refusal by most protesters today to actually abandon the independence flag. The extremists managed to impose their slogan on today’s rallies, but they didn’t succeed in imposing their interpretation and message. The moderates remain in the majority and they are fighting back. But time does not seem to be on their side, especially if they continue to be left alone.