Those who think the UK arming the rebels is a good idea need to persuade a reluctant country. It seems the government is no longer testing out this idea so strongly. Those who think missile attacks on Assad’s government are a good approach need to explain how they could do this without causing more deaths of civilians, bystanders, human shields and others that the west should not wish to harm.
Before Parliament broke up many Conservative MPs made clear in the Chamber and by signing a letter that no such actions should be taken before a proper Parliamentary debate and vote on the subject. The government agreed to this. That remains the view of many Conservative MPs. We do not like the brutal events in Syria any more than the government. We do need persuading that there is any military intervention which the UK could make which would make it better. The first instruction should be to do no harm, in a situation fraught with danger and with all too many armed groups in conflict.