Qatar, Jordan, Lebannon___just about every nation in the middle East wants Assad and his generals gone. It's a twofer because an Assad exit dramatically weakens Hezbollah.<quoted text>
It is the republicans: mcCain and Graham who are pushing to arm the rebels, the Saudis are also backing the rebels.
Presently only Iran, certain factions in Iraq and of course Russia support Assad.
The rebels are equally despicable and may turn on each other in the absence of Assad, never the less Syria's neighbors including Israel would prefer the rebels to Assad.