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        11/13/2011, Cheshvan 16, 5772

      Assad Knows His End is Near


      Dr. Mordechai Kedar said, Sunday, that the situation in Syria will snowball as it did in Libya to result in international involvement. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew journal, the Bar-Ilan University instructor said that doesn't mean an active military involvement but it can keep President Bashar Al-Assad from using the Syrian air force against his own people, thus paving the way for anti-government forces to prevail with the help of those who desert from pro-Assad forces.

      Dr. Kedar said the figures of 3,500 to 3,700 known dead are relatively small, given the number of people who have disappeared. Comparing the current situation to the six-year struggle by Assad's father following the killing of tens of thousands in 1982, he said the situation is different now, with civilian and military leaders, businessmen and media figures deserting the sinking ship, thus the regime only has months, if not weeks, before its collapse. In is words, "Even Assad knows that his end is near, so he's getting crueler."