Assad vs Gaddafi: A Repetition Of History?

The world is more or less accustomed to watching turmoil in the Middle East. Decades of war and suffering at the hands of multiple aggressors – both foreign and domestic, have ended with same results: death and lot of destruction.

The world is more or less accustomed to watching turmoil in the Middle East. Decades of war and suffering at the hands of multiple aggressors – both foreign and domestic, have ended with same results: death and lot of destruction.

Currently, Syrian President Bashar al Assad is at an all out war against his own people by leading a horrendous campaign to end violence. Regardless of all international condemnation, Assad vows to fight till the end, an attitude which is quite similar and has been previously observed before the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.  

Is Assad taking the very same course by walking on the footsteps of Gaddafi or any other dictator from the Gulf? Would he too, meet his fate either in a prison cell or at the gallows? A comparison between Gaddafi and Assad quotes might help us in predicting the course.

Assad vs Gaddafi: A Repetition Of History?

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Muammar Gaddafi

In an address on Syrian television al-Arouba in September 2011:

"We will fight in every valley, in every street, in every oasis, and every town. We won't surrender again; we are not women; we will keep fighting."

“NATO will collapse now, and their collaborators will collapse, because there are many problems amongst them”

"If Libya goes up in flames, who will be able to govern it? Let it burn."


In an interview to BBC in February 2011:

"They love me, all my people ... they would die to protect me."

During an SBS interview in 2010:

“I am a leader of a revolution with global ideas.  And I have actively contributed to liberation movements and colonial countries did not want that of course.  That is why they portrayed me in this image. My principles have not changed.”

Assad vs Gaddafi: A Repetition Of History?

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Bashar Al-Assad

During his address to the Parliamentary Committee in June 2012:

"The masks have fallen and the international role in the Syrian events is now obvious,"

"We will not be lenient. We will be forgiving only for those who renounce terrorism.''

“When a surgeon in an operating room ... cuts and cleans and amputates, and the wound bleeds, do we say to him your hands are stained with blood?” “Or do we thank him for saving the patient?”


During an interview to ABC news in December 2011:

"I did my best to protect the people," he said. "I cannot feel guilty when you do your best. You feel sorry for the lives that have been lost. But you don't feel guilty when you don't kill people. So it's not about guilty."

Assad vs Gaddafi: A Repetition Of History?

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The quotations tell us that both these leaders have blamed external forces for the instability and turmoil that took place in their respective states. Another interesting fact outlined that helps us to understand is the fact that both of them are not just rulers, but messiahs and saviors who have been sent to their nation by a divine force. At least that’s what they believe in. If they are not able to improve conditions, no one will ever be able to do it also.

Maybe with these similarities, it is possible that the fates of the two leaders might intersect.

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