Barry, My Liege :
It is time for Assad to go.
Deaths have reached between 10,000 and 15,000, depending on who is counting [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18093967].
Helicopter gunships and tanks are attacking suburbs.
It is a moral outrage and not acceptable. We cannot continue to do nothing.
My Liege, I cannot imagine that even the Russians and Chinese will object to an action to change the government. But, it does not matter what they say or do.
Assad must go.
The only question is this : Who will restore order in the country after his death?
Without a credible, international force in place, Syria will degenerate into a spasm of tribal and terrorist violence that has the potential to destabilize the entire region.
Here's a proposal :
Install a No-Fly zone immediately so Assad grounds his helicopters and planes.
Send in a limited force to secure the WMD.
Establish connections with a rebel organization so that there is a governmental framework in place to take over when the regime falls. Let them understand that as a condition of support they will accept members of the current government who have the necessary skills and are willing to swear a loyalty oath.
Assemble the largest possible coalition of countries willing to participate and station troops on the borders. It does not matter what organization they belong to.
KILL ASSAD. Use drones, SEALS, whatever is available.
After his death is confirmed, send in the international force to restore order. They will stay until the country is able to keep order by itself.
Your faithful servant,