Barak: Assad May Suffer Gaddafi’s Fate


barakSaddam Hussein died by hanging, Muammar Qaddafi was shot in the head, and Syrian President Bashar Assad may be the next in line, says Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

“I think that he [Assad] went beyond the point of no return, no way that he will he resume his authority or legitimacy,” Barak told the Halifax, Canada Security Forum Sunday.

“And it’s clear to me that what happened a few weeks ago to Qaddafi… and what happened ultimately to Saddam Hussein, now might await him,” he added.

As the Assad regime continues its daily slaughter of protesters, Barak said the end of his rule by his “iron fist…will weaken Hizbullah, it will weaken Hamas. In this regard, it’s good, but it’s not just good for Israel, but I believe it’s good for the Middle East as a whole.”

Barak relied on last week’s statement by Jordan King Abdullah II’s statement that if he were in Assad’s shoes, he would resign. The king’s comment was widely reported as calling for Assad to step down, and the monarch quickly clarified that he was speaking hypothetically.

Nevertheless, Barak told the forum in Halifax that King Abdullah’s remark is a real signal that there is acceleration toward the end of this regime.

“I believe that we see for the first time, some cracks appearing in the support that he (Assad) enjoys within his own arena. The Assad family has ruled Syria like a medieval fiefdom in Italy somewhere on the mountains… There is no way he can resume his authority or legitimacy over his people,” the Defense Minster said.

{Arutz Sheva/ Newscenter}


  1. Somehow all the groups must choose a cessation of violence. The country is an important piece of the Middle East jigsaw puzzle. It should be a platform of stability, order, benevolence and expansiveness for its 22 million citizens. There is an economic component to the crisis. The current GDP per capita of $5043 can grow by more than 5% p.a. from 2013 onwards if hostilities cease. The organs of the state, i.e. The Government, Defence Force, Judiciary, Civil Service, Intelligence Services, Police/Sheriffs/Prisons must assist the Private Sector in boosting the general welfare. It is up to the Syrian people themselves to solve their problems. Other nations can assist with but not replace this effort. Outside military intervention is not an option. The existing structures in the country can be redeemed. The key is to create a dynamic of an uplifting thermal of potential and hope, not a downwardly spiralling satanic vortex of evil. Perhaps a 38 year vision for the country should be enunciated and carried out.

    Syria is a different kettle of fish than Libya. The key now is to stabilise the country and mitigate the violence. Outside military intervention may increase the amount of death and destruction. People within Syria need to start thinking “outside the box” but this is difficult when there is so much chaos in your midst. Violence makes time implode in on itself and leads to manic survivalist thinking. Manic thinking leads to poor decisions and violence. Some deep breaths must be taken and a new perspective adopted. A higher authority should be heeded. G-d wants Syria to be a peaceful place. The situation is not at a Civil War stage yet, and bizrat hashem it does not unravel to that point. No one should be thinking about rushing more armaments into the country.

    Prayers for Syria.