Saddam 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.