kboyer 309, lets narrow the argument down to one area: USA President Obama seeks to find international sources to force change inside Syria. This maneuver isn't unaffected by USA poulation apathy and the President's comment isn't a covenant with the Syrian population.
So at this point other sources are left to encourage more violence by default. The Syria we knew from 1968 has not shifted much as regard to Islam. The carpet is being laid out to welcome a Syria that conforms internationally but without anything different occuring in Sha'ria law.