a) Assad is evil, rebels are good.
b) Rebels are evil, Assad is good.
When NATO went into Libya - Hague, Hillary and all said it was because Qaddafi threatened to "go from home to home" crushing the opposition. Meanwhile, the Syrian government was actually doing it. They did it for a year before any sort or organised rebellion really took shape. Back when the 'international community' still had the power to do something, for so long, they were busy discussing when to hold their next discussions. Annan was a joke, the UN was a joke, it was all one disgusting, massive joke - with the Syrian public on the receiving end.
Nobody wanted a piece of it, so they played the waiting game until they could sit back in their chairs and say "look theyre both as bad as eachother, they need to work this out for themselves". Now that this has happened, suddenly they want to get in on the action. So they fund and arm militia groups, many of whom undoubtedly terrorists, and make it even worse. Some bloody 'international community'.
Internally, when soldiers first started defecting, forming the 'rebel' forces - their main responsibility was protecting the protestors and civilians that the government forces had been brutally and systematically torturing, murdering and intimidating. There was something quite heroic about the defected soldiers, tired of killing their brothers and sisters, putting themselves and their loved ones at risk to do the right thing.
However, now the situation is such a mess. There's so many parties involved, both internal and external, that there does not seem to be anyone actually working for the Syrian people - the victims in the first place. Now it's a massive power struggle, one based on sectarian conflict, international manipulation and general power lust.
I don't know who would be best for Syria, nor can I see any favourable outcome of this conflict. I had a barber from Aleppo, I remember he went back for a holiday last summer. Though some parts of the country were having serious problems, Aleppo was fine. Now the whole country seems to be a horrible, vicious mess. If its not government massacres, its 'rebel' revenge massacres, or false flag massacres, propaganda massacres. One big bloodbath.
All I can tell you is this - I'm damned fortunate that I'm not a Syrian living in Syria right now and my thoughts rest with its civilians, the ones caught in the middle of this horrible stain on human history.
edit on 13-8-2012 by arollingstone because: (no reason given)