"... by now everyone following the Syrian tragedy knows who most of them are. One knows that the Un-Free Syrian Cannibals, sorry, Army (FSA) is a ragged collection of warlords, gangsters and opportunists of every possible brand, intersecting with hardcore jihadis of the Jabhat al-Nusra kind (but also other al-Qaeda-linked or inspired outfits). It took Reuters months to finally admit that jihadis are running the show on the ground.  A "rebel" commander even complained to Reuters, "Nusra is now two Nusras. One that is pursuing al Qaeda's agenda of a greater Islamic nation, and another that is Syrian with a national agenda to help us fight Assad." What he didn't say is that the real effective outfit is al-Qaeda-linked. Syria is now Militia Hell; much like Iraq in the mid-2000s, much like the Western-imposed, "liberated" Libyan failed state. This Afghanization/Somalization is a direct consequence of NATO-GCC-Israel axis interference.  So Assad is also right when he says the West is adding fuel to the fire, and is only interested in regime change, whatever the cost." Pepe Escobar
"Asia Times" as a journal would not be considered to be my usual "fare" by anyone who knows me. Nevertheless, their view of the situation in Syria appears to reflect reality.
As Clifford Kiracofe has commented on this blog, the Syrian Civil War pits 20 million Syrians who do not wish to be ruled by a Sunni theocracy against tens of thousands of Sunni jihadis intent on creating that theocracy.
Among the supporters of the Syrian government; Iran, Russia, Hizbullah, Iraqi Shia volunteers, Syrian alawi militias and the Christian community in Syria.
On the other side we find; the Sunni Gulf monarchies, Turkey (paralysed by internal political conflict), the US (paralysed by deep opposition from the US public, JCS and IC to the idea of intervention), and NATO (without US participation incapable of intervention).
Given this alignment of forces it is curious that Obama persists in his policy of regime change. If this fails can Kerry go home to Ketchup heaven? pl