“Assad was the only one trying to keep the islamo whackos at bay.”
Quite the opposite. From 2004 - 2010 Assad supported Al Qaeda in Iraq (AIQ) providing them safe havens, equipment, intelligence, training and volunteers. Many Syrians Al Qaeda fighters were captured in Iraq. It was only after the US withdrawal that Assad dis-invited AIQ from Syria. They said no thanks; started fighting Assad in Syria; then re branded themselves as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria -ISIS.
No pity for Assad. If he hadn’t provided support for AIQ we wouldn’t have paid such a high price in Iraq and Iraq would have remained stable. He fed a wild animal, then decided to stop feeding it so the animal turned on him. F Assad.