Does anyone seriously believe the "rebellion" in Syria is an actual grassroots effort at political reform? http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/07/25/252768/nato-involved-in-covert-war-with-syria/ The "rebels" are openly Islamic fundamentalists supported by NATO and the United States, for Pete's sake. This isn't a revolutionary effort. It's an effort at establishing a theocracy under the control of foreign powers. How anybody could still think Assad is the bad guy here is beyond me. That being said, I do not think Assad is an especially good leader, but if the choice is between foreign-backed Islamists and a largely secular government under Assad, I vote for the latter. Obviously the ideal would be a socialist or communist government, but the material reality is that it comes down to foreign-backed Islamists vs secular Assad. As a person who has actually visited Syria before (in 2005), it's a pretty safe country and I did not sense any tension between Christians and Muslims. Syria is one of the more secular countries in the Middle East and does not have nearly as much sectarian tension as Lebanon or Israel. So my vote goes for Assad in this crisis. Thoughts?