I've listened to Assad being interviewed a few times; he's a very intelligent man. His father before him killed thousands of muslim brotherhoods around 1980 or so, flattened the whole town of Homs.<quoted text> Unlike John Kerry and his wife who visited Assad many time to have dinner and called him a decent guy?
Most of the moderate Arab nations did similar things to the fanatics; hence the birth of Al Quaeda in Afghanistan.
I say, let Assad kill them all and let Russian help them. Hope we stay out of it, but it doesn't look likely.