My view of the situation has not changed, but my personal opinions are conflicted. I don't know if that makes sense?
The idea, shared by many on this board, that the rebels are all AQ affiliated ignores facts. There are many factions including Kurds. There will be a power vacuum when Assad falls and there is the risk of an AQ affiliated govt but that's the case unfortunately in almost every Islamic country. It's easy and simplistic to say we should stay out of it but that's what we did once the Russians left Afghanistan and the Taliban filled the power vacuum.
There's also the fact that Assad, Hezbollah and Iran are allied. The fall of Assad lessens the influence of Hezbollah and Iran in the region. And an extended fight costs Hezbollah and Iran bc they are supporting them with arms and men. Hezbollah has already lost a lot of stature in the region bc they went from the biggest opponent of Israel to the biggest supporter of the hated Assad.
So you and I agree on these points as you've said. But I'm still in the camp of sending small arms and humanitarian aid. Iran's intervention in Iraq costs us blood and treasure. I'd like a little payback.