Friday, November 9, 2012

'Assad faces same fate as Gaddafi'

The Guardian

'Assad faces same fate as Gaddafi'

Bashar al-Assad faces the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi after vowing, like the Libyan leader, to die in his country, a rebel commander told the Guardian.

Assad told Russia Today  "I have to live in Syria and die in Syria." His remarks echoed Gaddafi's February 2011 pledge to "die as a martyr at the end".

Mustafa Sheikh, who heads the military council running the Free Syrian Army, said Assad had learnt nothing from recent history.

Speaking to the Guardian's Mona Mahmood, he said:
I can't believe Bashar hasn't learnt the lesson of Gaddafi's fate. Gaddafi was bought down by his own arrogance and his denial of the Libyan revolution. He could not see it until he was surrounded by it and it killed him.
Bashar wants to show the world that he is still defiant and steadfast but we all know that this is the disease of dictatorship. He thinks he can last forever and defy the rules of nature.
But Sheikh welcomed Assad's pledge not to flee Syria because it would mean he would face justice. "If he stayed in Syria it would be a favour from God, because he will be punished by the Syrian people," Sheikh said....."

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