The British broadcasting channel is your source? did you not find anything from the State dept website? I will look up my source and give it to you. You have to understand that this uprising started around the time the US and NATO had started harassing Qaddafi for going just what they accused Assad of doing.
Sorry but I cannot believe that Assad seeing what is happening will do exactly that which got Qaddafi in trouble.
Perhaps I may suggest Al Jazeera? http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/int...654512841.html
Just the beginning part of their timeline (they count from the bottom up on their list with latest news at the top):The uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule has cost thousands of lives, both civilians and military.
As rallies began in March 2011, protesters were calling for reform and an end to corruption. But as demonstrations were met with live bullets, the departure of the president became an unconditional demand.
What started with street protests has increasingly turned into an armed conflict.
Click on the map to follow events province-by province and to learn more about neighbouring countries' stances towards the crisis.
Assad addresses the nation
Assad delivers a speech for the first time since the protests began. He blames foreign conspirators for the unrest but declines to elaborate on major reforms.
The government resigns.
Syria unrest continues
Syrian forces reportedly kill six people in an attack on protesters in the Omari mosque complex in Deraa, and later open fire on hundreds of youths marching in solidarity. An official statement says later that Assad has sacked Faisal Kalthoum as governor of Deraa.
A week into the protests, Assad sacks the governor of Deraa as activists report the death of at least 100 people in the province.
Activists say tens of people have been killed in Deraa in less than a week. Crowds there set fire to the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party.
Security forces shoot a number of people dead in Deraa, as thousands of people take to the street calling for freedom while accusing Assad's family of corruption. The crackdown triggers days of protests and more civilian deaths.
Security forces break up a silent gathering in Marjeh square in Damascus of about 150 protesters who hold up pictures of imprisoned relatives and friends. Witnesses say at least 30 people are arrested.
"Day of Dignity" protests begin in Damascus, demanding the release of political prisoners. At least 35 people are arrested. Simultaneous demonstrations take place in cities including al-Hassake, Deraa, Deir al-Zor and Hama.