SOURCE: Radnor Reports

March 12, 2012 09:25 ET

No Hope for Syria Without Western Intervention According to Radnor Reports

New Psychological Profile of Assad Showcases Legacy of Intimidation

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Mar 12, 2012) - A solution to the Syrian crisis is unattainable without outside intervention, as President Bashar Assad places protecting his father's legacy over international condemnation and the brutal destruction of his own people, according to an international panel of political observers gathered at the National Press Club, sponsored by Radnor Reports (www.radnorreports.com).

Releasing a psychological profile of Assad, political psychologist Dr. Ekaterina Egorova explained how the lethal combination of low self-esteem, paranoia, and an elevated need for power and control over people and situations push the son to stay as tough as his main role model and father, former Syrian dictator Hafez Assad.

"Bashar is indifferent to critics from outside his family," said Dr. Egorova. "Pressure from the West, the UN, the League of Arab States, and protesters cannot change his dictatorial behavior toward the opposition, which he sees as his deadly enemies. He will not resign voluntarily because it will be evidence of his weakness -- the worst sin according to the belief system of both father and son."

Walid Phares, the first Middle East expert to predict the Arab Spring, concurred: "Assad has no tolerance for dissent."

Explaining the inherent weakness of the opposition movement and its need for Western support, Dr. Phares pointed to the Assad family's legacy of force: "Outside the institutions of the ruling Baath, it was simply too risky because the party would detect you and take you out. If you were a Sunni liberal, a Kurd, or a Syriac Christian, the Baathist machine would crush you and your activities before you had a chance to expand."

Panel members included: Walid Phares, PhD, advisor to the U.S. House Anti-Terrorism Caucus and author of "The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East," Political psychologist and consultant Ekaterina Egorova, PhD, who served President Boris Yeltsin and consults with corporations and political campaigns in Washington and Moscow, and Ken Feltman, publisher of Radnor Reports, contributor to Politico and past president of both the American League of Lobbyists and International Association of Political Consultants.

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