Firstly: Ideas is not my friends real name. He got it, as many good names, by accident. I texted ideas to ask for input for a nom-de-plume. His real name, combined with the other information, could lead to his real identity and that could influence his application for his refugee status. I just forgot to put in a question mark.
Along the way, Ideas started to tell his story: he deserted from the Syrian army with thirty friends. He did not want to shoot his own people.