For many lucky young Syrians, their country's civil war is so routine that they've forgotten what life was like before it started and so confusing that they're not sure what they believe in any more. We say "lucky" because the Syrian youth who recently opened up to The Los Angeles Times about their disillusionment in the Syrian revolution were only able to do so because, for one reason or another, they'd been spared from the violence. And it's been a very violent war so far. Just under two months before its two-year anniversary, the Syrian conflict's death toll is north of 60,000 according to the United Nations and well over half a million refugees have fled their homes to escape the violence.
The curious part of the situation is that young Syrians aren't necessarily afraid of the violence that's crippled their country. Some are more scared of what's to come if the Syrian rebels win. "Many don't know who they hate most, the opposition or regime, because neither is offering a way forward. As they see it, they are both part of a system producing an absurd level of violence and destruction," Peter Harling, an analyst for the International Crisis Group, explained to The LA Times. "A lot of people have paid a price and are not sure what it is for anymore." Or to put it in the words of a young Syrian who's seen his friends splinter off, some joining the brutal Assad loyalists and others joining the just-as-brutal and increasingly extremist Syrian rebels. "I don't really care if I die or not, but if I live, I will be a stranger," he said. "Maybe I have always been, but I feel we'll never come back to how we were."