The Assad regime in Syria is holding onto power in a blind and brutal fashion. The deaths of journalists Marie Colvin and Reme Ocklikk at the guns of the regime's army show clearly that those people are clinging onto power regardless. Regardless of having overstepped their mandate in protecting the citizens, and overstepped in their repressive methods.
Some Muslims do believe that the Savior in the form of the Mahdi shall arise from a well in Homs after three-quarter of the world population has perished. That would be the Savior arriving too late.
A civil administration such as President Assad's used to be, governing with civilized methods, would be what is required.
Perhaps the people can agree to give Mr Assad a pardon, and his security escort him out of the country? A people who have been so blindly and brutally suppressed cannot wish to see him in the country any longer than necessary. Mr Assad can perhaps redeem himself by accepting the will of his people, and handing over the power to someone they prefer?
By that, Mr Assad will be saving his country from outside influence, and also save himself.
I send my sympathy and loves to the friends and families of all those who have died in Syria in the recent violence, which has been truly deplorable.