A curious analogy to be sure.
Here's the only thing that concerns me about the end of Bashar al-Assad's reign -- what follows?
The Shah was pretty awful -- but he seems warm and cuddly compared to what came after? The Czar was a genuine monster -- but again, in comparison his reign was a model of freedom and respect for civil rights.
Now Assad's assertion the massacre in Houla was outsiders is absurd. But it does reflect an understanding that the massacre was a blot on his regime. Perhaps Assad has time still to establish a new order? If not an imploding Syria will be a source of problems for the entire region:
BEIRUT/AMMAN: Syrian president Bashar al-Assad condemned on Sunday the "abominable" massacre of more than 100 people in Houla, saying even monsters could not carry out such acts, and promised a 15-month-old crisis would end soon if Syrians pulled together.
Assad repeated earlier pledges to enforce a crackdown on opponents he says are terrorists carrying out a foreign conspiracy, while offering dialogue with opposition figures who had avoided armed conflict or outside backing.