Assad chosen democratically? He is and was before the uprising repressive. He was and is exploitive. He is guilty of the most serious form of nepotism that extends beyond friends and family and into the security forces (for obvious reasons). Most serious of all, rather than lose the reigns of power, he is prepared and has killed a massive number of Syrians. If the Arab countries had any integrity and any back bone, they would be sending troops to protect Syrians. Instead they pour their hearts and souls into backing attacks on Israel because (a) Israel dares to defend herself (b) had the gall to re-occupy the Jewish homeland which had been occupied by force by the Arab world.