The Assads seek the impossible, the protester are achieving it.
What do the Assads want? To get away with murder of course. They have done it repeatedly before, and they are hoping to do it again. They are hoping that a confluence of the usual factors: fear of instability, of sectarian strife and of chaos along the Golan and Turkish borders will make world and regional leaders, not to mention certain segments of the Syrian people, reticent in their desire to push for regime change, and be content with whatever mediocre show the Assads are willing to stage for their benefit.
Will they get away with it, again? Of course they will, IF we give up. The key to defeating the Assads is to give them enough rope with which to hang themselves, as we keep stoking the fires of revolution and stand firm behind our demand for complete fall of the regime, including the departure of all members of the Assad family and his inner circle. The Assads will keep squirming in the corner, mixing tactics, stalling, lying, killing, but as long as we keep taking to the streets, day in and day out, pressure will keep building up inside their small circles until they implode. The end will be dramatic and bloody, but it will be worth it. Freedom is worth any price we pay for it, even civil strife. The protesters continue to do their best not to get blood on their hands and they have, for the most part, been successful. I for one will not blame them for the actions of the few. There will always be people who will never be able to full commit to the philosophy of nonviolence. This was as true in the days of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. as it is now.
Moreover, unlike the British and all foreign occupiers, our tyrants and their supporters rarely have other places to go, and they usually govern with a sense of entitlement that no foreign occupier can boast. Even at their most cynical, they will continue to believe that they are in the right. No logic can serve to dampen their zeal for asserting full control whatever the price. In the case of the Assads, the family-based character of their rule, combined with their reliance on manipulating the fears of the Alawite community, makes the idea of coxing them out of power untenable. This has long become a family enterprise, and the decision-making is diffused among many individuals, each with the ability to command the army, the security forces and the militias. No one can decide on behalf of the whole family, not even Bashar Al-Assad. The only solution in this case is to keep pushing and pushing and pushing until the whole thing comes tumbling down, and then deal with the messy consequences. There is no other solution. There is no other way out. There is no miracle cure. And stalling will not change the nature of the challenge.