Although an estimated 3,000 people have died during violent protests President Assad claims that he is still popular. Unlike Gaddafi he lives a fairly ordinary life, or so he claims. Speaking with a UK reporter he seems adamant that he will never suffer the fate of Gaddafi.
As the President shies away from such elections you can draw your own conclusions.
The Presidents critics now include, Britain, France, the US, the United Nations and the Arab League. His supporters are still strong nations but they are dwindling. Many feel that he is simply delusional and is not living up to his words.
On protest leader said, “Assad has been talking about reform ever since he came to office [in 2000], and nothing serious ever happens. Killing people is not an act of reform. We aren’t calling for economic or even political reform under Assad, but for the departure of this bloodstained president and free elections.”
President Assad today warned the West about intevention in Syrian affairs. He likened Syria to a fault line. As he put it, mess around with a fault line and you are liable to cause an earthquake. I think he made his point.
The death of Gaddafi, and the nature of it has rallied some of the Syrian protesters but must have shaken leaders, such as Assad, to the core. Will he ever let go of power or will a revolution be needed to change Syrian society for the better?