As another city gets turned into a battlefield where the Assads and their supporters go to war with the demons in their heads, it’s high time world leaders agreed on a diagnosis and treatment for the unfolding sociopathy before more and worse massacres begin to take place.
The main reason Bashar cannot stop the crackdown is very simple: he is a sociopath, and a sociopath has no choice but to be himself and act out on his innermost amoral impulses. Just compare what we know of Bashar Al-Assad (and his brother Maher for as we know sociopathy runs in the family) with this profile of a typical sociopath and everything will fit. The point: stop expecting Bashar Al-Assad to change, and prepare for the worst, for the worst this is the only thing he is capable of delivering. And the Lesson for the future is: stop backing dictators as a necessary evil; democracy for all its shortcomings is the only necessary evil we can actually live with.