I've come up with a novel way of getting those who don't have a good sense of international policy norms to instantly identify with the plight of those victimized by US foreign policy. Put yourself in their position. Lets do an exercise where we place Bashar Al-Assad in the role of the US and the US in the Role of Syria. We will substitute local elements at play with their equivalents on the opposite side and allow the neighboring countries to assume to relevant roles in reverse.
Turning it around:
If Trump or Clinton, who Assad considers unfit to lead, win the US election, the method requires arming and funding local rebels (In Trumps case I think Mexican Drug Cartels would be the most enthusiastic) but he can find moderates like the Colombians too. All the Leaders of South America will support Assad and the Drug Cartels in their freedom bombing which will be branded a "Civil War". These groups can then bomb US towns and cities and innocent US women and children as well as the US military. The newspapers won't report that, they will report that "Trump Must Go" and brand any attempts made By Canada to intervene for a political solutions as "support for a brutal regime" Canada will be demonized for trying to stabilize the situation across her border. her border with the US.
The elections will be branded illegitimate, and the fleeing US population will flood South American countries, the ones who support Assads bombing, where they will be attacked, insulted and generally not offered any sympathy. The South American countries will be criticized for their handling of the US refugee crises, but will get no heat from the media for supporting Assad bombing the US, the root cause. of the crises. Just as the US is about to fall to the drug cartels, Canada will intervene with its military and defeat the cartels, at which point the media will target Canada for bombing civilians (actually bombed by Assad and the cartels) and their liberation of the US from the external regime change attack will not really get any coverage, but Canada will remain the focus of the ever watchful media due to its territorial aggression.
If you are a Westerner, you will most likely find that situation sound absolutely bonkers in 2016?
It's no exaggeration. This is reality. Same principles in play but perhaps you can now get a better sense of why so many people feel this is completely unacceptable and at odds with our stated global goal of becoming more civilized as a planet. This is exactly what the US is doing in Syria, but this time they failed. Some people still don't see a problem with the scenario I just painted above and want the US and their media using this method around the world for freedom. The people who are against it will only oppose it when it happens to their country.... so they are in the minority every time.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO BUILD A FUTURE!