The al-Asad regime is in many ways as dangerous as the Hussein regime of Iraq once was. It's the same type of personality cult as Husseini Iraq, both countries were members of the Ba'ath party. Yet the al-Asad family belongs to a tiny Alawi minority where Hussein was reportedly Sunni. At any rate, Hafiz' son, Bashar (the current president of Syria) has no intentions of letting go of control and he will go after anyone or group who he deems dangerous to his authority.
Lord, have mercy!