The widely venerated Islamic scholar, Youssef al-Qaradawi, expects the autocratic presidents of Syria and Yemen, Bashar Al-Assad and Ali Abdullah Saleh respectively, to meet the same horrific fate as ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi was killed on Thursday when Libyan fighters, whom he had scorned as "rats" in the early days of the revolution, overran his last redoubt in his hometown of Sirte.
Commenting on the incident in Qatar during his Friday’s prayers sermon, al-Qaradawi said Gaddafi had perceived himself as more of a God than a man, that is why he was doomed. The eminent cleric speculated that Al-Assad and Saleh, whose people have been demonstrating against them for months, will both be killed in a similar manner.
“This is what I said would happen months ago, and it eventually became reality,” al-Qaradawi was quoted as saying. “Anyone who fired bullets at his own people must die. The tyrants of Yemen and Syria will soon be dead too.”
Al-Assad and Saleh have ordered their respective security forces to use live ammunition and even heavy artillery against protesters to end the revolutions in their countries.
However, they only turned up the heat, with revolutionaries in both countries becoming more determined to bring them down.