A thoroughgoing analysis must be made of why the left so disastrously crashed & burned on the issue of Syria. But in a formal enquiry, it would not be appropriate to say it’s because so many on the left were doofuses & goofballs who navigated to the left solely from a misunderstanding of politics. Syria gave them a chance to become their true selves again. I could names but why shame them more than they already have themselves. Interestingly, there was a similar navigation earlier from those who supported Palestinians to those who became ardent Zionists of the low level kind. You can’t cheat politics & get away with it. People try but they end up in the camp of apologetics.