The legitimate Syrian rebels, who have been fighting the tyrant Bashar Assad for more than four years, have found themselves in a very precarious position.
With the intervention of Vladimir Putin's Russian forces into Syria to shore up the failed Assad regime, Syrian rebels are now facing an overwhelming superior force in the uniforms of the Russian Federation, along with the barrel-bombing Assad army.
The western supported rebels in Syria have failed to forge a strong and formidable unity-pact over the years, hence with Russia's assistance, Assad is seizing an opportunity to prolong his rule. Assad has clearly displayed this fact with his overnight trip to Russia, his first outside of Syria since 2011.
However, in lieu of western boots on the ground in Syria, western nations must arm to the gills the legitimate rebels in Syria if a transition to democracy is to be ever given a chance at implementation.