Who are they in Syria ??
You are too stuck in a romanticized view of a revolution
ME revolutions are not the French or US revolution (and those ones , especially the first were nasty enough)
ME revolutions have more to do with tribal/clanic/family discontent. Ad on that a pinch of religious zealotry, corruption and greed for ressources/bucks and you'll have the actual situation.
Maybe some of the people in the streets believe that they fight for their freedom. The CV of the Libyan CNT or Syrian revolutionary council speaks otherwise. The egyptian situation should be a clear eye opener too.
And still we meddled here without understanding the alpha and omega of the locals mentality and whatnot