What is happening in Syria right now is a total mess, starting from genuine protests that called for a large democratic reform. As an Egyptian who endured the revolution, which was thankfully much less brutal due to many reasons, like the majority of Egyptians, rich, poor, old and young were against Mubarak.
I must make it clear that I in no way endorse the actions of the Assad family, and I too, wish for their removal, however, not with the way it is leading now. These rebel factions who are 'fighting for freedom' are no more than a couple of unemployed thugs wanting to start trouble, with a few exception here and there of course. The rebel army are compromised of people from various places, including Chechen, and Afghani militants who are taking part in the fight, with a branch of Al-Qa'ida factions ranging from Iraq, to Yemen.
The problem in Syria is that there is a major power struggle going on, and in some way you can simply relate it to religious power struggle, (Shi'ite v.s Sunni), or even furthermore in the context of Iran v.s Saudi Arabia. Al-Assad, as horrible as his family lineage is, realizes this. Furthermore, a majority of Syrians realize this, and call them what you will, also support Bashar and his current actions. If Bashar was to be toppled, many things could come out of this, and like some of you stated, a future Lebanon in action in terms of politics, where every section has their own commander. Also, it is horrible how people can condemn Bashar as murderous, (he is don't worry), but side with the rebel army who funded by the US, and the UK through Qatar and Saudi, as heroes of such. Many documentations and amateur videos taken can prove just the vileness of this free army.
At the end of the day, we must come to realize the situation as yet another overthrow of a leader, albeit he wasn't democratic chosen, to put in path a new one. It can also be viewed as simple American dominance. Strangely enough, there area few countries without Rothschild federal reserves, and they are Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Cuba. Libya didn't have one until the 2nd day of the NATO military armada greeting Qaddafi with open arms, and Iraq and Afghanistan had there's put in place a few years maybe after they engaged in war. Do not be too naive about situations like these and you must understand that there are no sides. Both parties, the East and the West are horrible, and only care about themselves and their circle. The only problem in all of this is that the civilians are caught in the middle, for none ones cause.