According to some reports, the Russian ships which visited the port of Tartus left Syrian waters. Many Syrians hoped that they would take Bashar with them. They did not. Did the dictator miss these boats as well as all of the others ones of late?
5,000 casualties and counting did the trick, and an agreement was signed between the Arab League and Syria to allow Arab observers to come to Syria in an attempt to stop the bloodshed. This is too little, too late.
No one so far is calling for military intervention in Syria. Instead it is expected that arms will be smuggled to the opposition, possibly through neighboring Turkey -- unless the Arab League manages to institute a genuine peace.