I agree with all of that save one point. Assad has indeed made efforts to protect his civilians, that's why he has a 70% support amongst them. The terrorists, not so much. The civilian population is scared to death of them. The terrorist rebels have planted indiscriminating truck bombs, they have tied up civilians and shot them execution style, they have kidnapped UN officials and sniped UN inspectors and journalists and attacked and burnt Christian churches. Only the insane are supporting attacking the Assad government and giving more aid and support to the rebel terrorists.