Well then you know he's going to be popular! Like I said in an earlier post, I think there's a lot to suggest that defectors(even more than is usual) are not credible, given how much of Assad's problem (in the analysis I lean towards) was competition among factions in the ruling class. I don't think that's something that was lost on Syrians, to be sure. In any case, I think you have a strong list there of potential warlords and people who might be put in place as transition leaders by a (potentially disastrous) foreign intervention. I just don't see how they settle it outside of killing each other when things reach this extreme level of violence. AFAICT, the only thing that unites them at the moment is opposition to Assad's faction.