U.S. Bombing Syria: Will It End Up Putting Us On Al-Qaeda's Side?

It looks like the U.S. military will soon be striking Syria in response to the apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians by Bashar al-Assad's regime. In response, some critics have questioned whether this will make any difference in deterring future use of WMDs, or if it might escalate the Syrian civil war into a wider, regional conflict. Others have asked why the U.S. should get involved now, when Assad's regime has long been guilty of killing Syrian civilians, just with conventional weapons rather than WMDs.