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Assad to RT: 'I'm not Western puppet - I have to live and die in Syria'

category international | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Thursday November 08, 2012 15:01author by Elric Report this post to the editors

Vid at link. Full interview on Friday on RT.
In an exclusive interview with RT, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he will not leave Syria. Assad also spoke on the calls for armed foreign intervention in Syria, and the possible fallout on the country’s internal conflict and across the region.

“We are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region and coexistence, let’s say, it will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific and you know the implication on the rest of the world,” Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told RT in an exclusive interview that will air on Friday, November 9.

“I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country,” he said. “I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria,” Assad said during the interview.


Syria has been wracked by internal violence for the past 20 months. With the government and opposition failing to reach an agreement on a ceasefire, foreign nations are pressuring the Syrian president to step down, with some even calling for armed intervention in the war-torn country.

“I do not think the West is going [to intervene], but if they do so, nobody can tell what is next,” Assad said. “I think the price of this [foreign] invasion if it happened is going to be more than the whole world can afford.”

According to a Turkish official, Ankara has officially requested that NATO deploy Patriot missiles along the border with Syria, over fears that armed conflict could spill across the border.

The armed conflict in Syria has turned increasingly violent in recent months. Rebel forces have received significant financial, diplomatic and organizational support from countries like the US and Western-allied nations such as Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

However, the opposition has yet to overcome infighting and form a united government. The rebels’ Western allies have also become concerned by signs that radical Islamists are gaining strength and influence within the opposition.

You can watch the Syrian president’s interview in full on Friday on RT.

Related Link: http://rt.com/news/assad-exclusive-interview-syria-240/

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Full Interview Vid & Transcript.     Elric    Sun Nov 11, 2012 19:29 
   Excellent Interview     An Draighneán Donn    Sun Nov 11, 2012 19:39 
   True     Des    Mon Nov 12, 2012 14:06 
   Eamonn Gilmore Volunteers for Active Service with FSA     An Draighneán Donn    Mon Nov 12, 2012 18:54 
   The Usual.     Wannabe Emperor.    Mon Nov 12, 2012 23:21 
   Hopefully Wannabe Emperors Obama and Cameron will soon face the Peoples Justice     An Draighneán Donn    Tue Nov 13, 2012 03:12 
   Britain Plans Intervention In Syria     Elric    Tue Nov 13, 2012 18:21 


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