Although I’m not sure what, but I think something should be done to help the rebels. Every time I see images of a government attack, babies and small children are always included. And of course the most recent attack is no different.
Now I’m not gung-ho about this. I realize that aiding the rebels could make things worse. Looking back at Iraq, getting rid of Saddam allowed sectarian violence to boil over. Also, we had foreign fighters entering the country, so we had Sunnis, Shiites, US and allied forces, and fighters from other mid-east countries all fighting each other causing a very high casualty rate. There’s also the question of who takes over and will they be better or worse than Assad.
But despite the concerns I think Assad’s regime needs to come to an end, and I’m not sure if the rebels can do it alone.
Direct military action would be very difficult, and for a variety of reasons is not the best solution, but I have no problem helping to arm the rebels.