Governments control and governance, can be as ASSAD, an issue of pride or narcissistic control, including too many benefiting under him. What makes the change is what is occurring : An opposition managed to get “firepower” capacity to cause instability ! Plus the Assad government was too repressive and violent !
Imagine what it would take for any positive change in Canada or elsewhere ! Government reacts the same way to any non- armed revolution for positive improvements. No need to imagine police swat teams, or even army incursions on any “armed revolution” !
But nobody is going to do a vote political non armed revolution ! Government is controlled ! Meaning changes will take many, many years , if ever ! Especially if they are determined there are no changes to make ! The old status – quo is unchangeable !
So essentially Syria and ASSAD are way behind Canada in many things ! And Canada is way behind in many better things ! USA, is a bit of everything, from ancient death penalty by the State, to anything that the UK is and USA is not !