Hat tip to xavi1000 for posting this on another thread:
Just Breaking on CNN, Strike on Syria Within Hours Without
I thought it should have a thread of its own so more people could see it.
Here is a link for the interview:
"President al-Assad: “Syria will Never become a Western Puppet State”
Global Research, August 26, 2013
I just don't see how anyone, whether they personally admire or loathe (or neither), agree or disagree with Assad - can fail to see the truth of his
Here are a couple excerpts:
Q4 Interviewer: The Syrian government claims a strong link between Israel and the terrorists. How can you explain this? It is commonly perceived
that the extremist Islamists loathe Israel and become hysterical upon hearing its name.
President al-Assad: If this was the case, why is it then that when we strike the terrorists at the frontier, Israel strikes at our forces to alleviate
the pressure off of them? Why, when we blockade them into an area does Israel let them through their barricades so they can come round and re-attack
from another direction? Why has Israel carried out direct strikes against the Syrian Army on more than one occasion in recent months? So clearly this
perception is inaccurate. It is Israel who has publically declared its cooperation with these terrorists and treated them in Israeli hospitals.
If these terrorist groups were indeed hostile to Israel and hysterical even on the mention of the word as you mention, why have they fought the Soviet
Union, Syria and Egypt, whilst never carrying out a single strike against Israel? Who originally created these terrorist groups? These groups were
initially created in the early 80’s by the United States and the West, with Saudi funding, to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. So logically
speaking, how could such groups manufactured by the US and the West ever strike Israel!
Q5 Interviewer: Mr. President, this interview will be translated into several international languages, and shall be read by world leaders, some
who may currently be working against you. What would you like to say to them?
President al-Assad: Today there are many Western politicians, but very few statesmen. Some of these politicians do not read history or even learn from
it, whilst others do not even remember recent events. Have these politicians learned any lessons from the past 50 years at least? Have they not
realised that since the Vietnam War, all the wars their predecessors have waged have failed? Have they not learned that they have gained nothing from
these wars but the destruction of the countries they fought, which has had a destabilising effect on the Middle East and other parts of the world?
Have they not comprehended that all of these wars have not made people in the region appreciate them or believe in their policies?
From another perspective, these politicians should know that terrorism is not a winning card you play when it suits you and keep it in your pocket
when it doesn’t. Terrorism is like a scorpion; it can unexpectedly sting you at any time. Therefore, you cannot support terrorism in Syria whilst
fighting it in Mali; you cannot support terrorism in Chechnya and fight it in Afghanistan.
To be very precise, I am referring to the West and not all world leaders, if these western leaders are looking to achieve their interests, they need
to listen to their own constituents and to the people in this region rather than seeking to install ‘puppet’ leaders, in the hope that they would
be able to deliver their objectives. In doing so, western policy may become more realistic in the region.
Our message to the world is straightforward: Syria will never become a Western ‘puppet’ state. We are an independent country; we will fight
terrorism and we will freely build relationships with countries in a way that best serves the interests of the Syrian people.
I am so sick of our lying, psychopathic leaders and the lying sycophantic scum that is our media. They should all be charged with war crimes -
especially and including the media.
"The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know."
And it's worse than that - worse than being uninformed, we are continually and constantly misinformed.
A lot of people seem to think that not only would bombing Syria be the "right" thing to do - "Humanitarian Intervention" is what we now call it, but
"Illegal Invasion" is what it is - BUT, they imagine somehow that the people in Syria would thank us for this. That "we" should be ashamed of
ourselves, of our leaders, for not having "intervened" sooner...
I came across this in a book recently (Killing Time by Caleb Carr), which really stood out, and is appropriate here:
....I thought this a place where I might be at least marginally sure that the human behavior around me was not being manipulated by the unseen
hands of those who, through mastery of the wondrous yet sinister technologies of our "information age" have obliterated the line between truth and
fiction, between reality and a terrifying world in which one's eyes, ears, and heart can no longer be trusted. ...
...information, he insists, is not knowledge. The lessons passed on from one's elders, taught by the wisest of them but recorded only in the mind,
these, Dugumbe has always said, represent true knowledge. The media I've mentioned can only divert a man from such wisdom and enslave him to what
Dugumbe calls the worst of all devils: confusion. ...
...For it is the greatest truth of our age: information is not knowledge.
(bold by me)
edit on 27-8-2013 by curiouscanadian777 because: correction