As the situation in the Syrian civil war continues to worsen, the world is faced with one glaring question: What to do? Can the situation be salvaged? Can the al-Assad regime, with the aid of Iran, China and Russia actually regain control? Can the West win the proxy war? What will happen to all those chemical weapons? Above all else the world must answer the first question: What to do? At this point, it maybe best for the world to adopt a policy of containment, instead of intervention.
Syria has always been one of the stronger Arab states. Its army faced off against Israel in the Golan heights – and despite losing, learned a lot of operational knowledge there. They are also experienced in operating in Lebanon via their Hezbollah proxies.
It has, therefore, become perplexing that such a strong, well equipped, (relatively) well trained army is being pushed back so hard by a decentralized, mostly poorly equipped and unprofessional insurgency. Despite the fact that foreign jihadists have appeared on the scene, and that neighboring Arab states are providing arms and material aid, it seems unlikely that these can make that much difference if manned by poor quality troops.