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Interview with Syrian Dictator
EFL. Hat tip LGF
Syrian dictator tyrant president Bashar Al-Assad, in an interview on September 30, 2003 with the Italian daily newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, discussed his country’s role in Iraq, its complex relationship with the U.S., the ’road map,’ weapons of mass destruction, and human rights in Syria. The following are excerpts from the interview which was conducted by Antonio Ferrari:
Question: "The U.S.A. keeps accusing you of destabilizing Iraq, of sending fighters, of hiding weapons of mass destruction. The list of allegations is becoming long and dangerous. Do you not fear that your country will become the target of the next war?"
Al-Assad : "I do not think that the U.S. has an interest in repeating the errors committed in Iraq. Apart from the accusations [of some in the U.S., not of the entire U.S. administration], we had no tangible signals of a military threat. Worried? Yes, we are. Not by the threats but by the results of the war in Iraq which had serious repercussions in the political, economic, social, and security spheres. Furthermore, the accusations against Syria began before the conflict. You see, our relationship with the U.S. has several dimensions: positive, as in fighting terrorism together; problematic, when we talk of Palestinian organizations or how to reach peace."
"But they have this satanic idea that Jews have the right to live."

Question: "The U.S. also accuses you of producing prohibited weapons."
Al-Assad : "Immediately after the war, they began to talk about weapons of mass destruction in Syria. The answer is in the UN Security Council where a draft resolution to free the entire Middle East from prohibited weapons is pending. Our detractors are angry with us; they accuse us of possessing these weapons. But they were even angrier when we proposed, months before the war, to eliminate them from the whole region. What then do they want? We say: faced with an international written commitment, Syria would be extremely swift to make this effort a success. But the obligation must apply to all, without exception."
"Not all; only those who are so infidelic that they don’t enslave their people"

Question: "If you were meeting President Bush, what would you say to convince him that the allegations against Syria are false?"
Al-Assad : "He should explain to me why these allegations are true. I would then ask him where the weapons of mass destruction are in Iraq, because at this point it is clear that they do not exist. Even in the States there are institutions that openly doubt it. Then I would ask him where the democracy was that he had promised Iraq, and where the better living conditions are that were pledged. Many Iraqis, beginning with Saddam’s opponents, tell us that the situation today is far worse than under the former regime. So, it is the U.S. and not us that have to answer to precise allegations. Furthermore, no country, under any pretext, would get involved in another war in the region."

Question: "Despite American allegations, you express the desire to contribute to the reconstruction of Iraq. What would you answer if you were asked to send a military contingent?"
Al-Assad : "We must make a distinction between sending troops and participating in the reconstruction. And then differentiate between reconstruction and the restoration of Iraqi sovereignty. Some talk about the reconstruction of Iraq as if it were a free zone for investment projects. The first role that Syria could have is to help re-establish Iraq’s independence. But our involvement should be in response to the desires and will of the Iraqi people. If that was the case, we are ready. With any means."
"The Iraqis’ opinion needs to be reshaped into one that supports enslavement of the common man, dehumanization of the comman woman, and dictation of thought."
Posted by:Atrus

#5  Bomb-a-rama: you are dead on concerning the Himmler look - forehead, eyes, weak chin - it all works. Make you wonder...
Posted by: borgboy   2003-10-6 5:36:25 PM  

#4  ^5s Matt! Much better than the real interview.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge (VRWC CA Chapter)   2003-10-6 4:04:49 PM  

#3  For some unknown reason, every time I see Bashar Assad's face, the name "Heinrich Himmler" pops into my head.
Posted by: Bomb-a-rama   2003-10-6 2:40:59 PM  

#2  Some questions and answers I would like to have heard:

"President Assad, have you decided whether to spit or go blind?"

"Such a delicate decision can only be made in consultation with the United Nations. I'm a big believer in the international rule of law, you know."

"President Assad, are you aware that international law prohibits the torture of political prisoners?"

"Get outta here! I guess I'm going to have to brush up on the fine points. But one thing I know is that the US and Israel can't attack me without UN approval, that's for sure."

"President Assad, what would happen if they attack anyway?"

"Well, Minister deVillepin assures me that he would become very angry. Not just annoyed, you understand, but very, very angry. He might even dispatch the deGaulle to the Eastern Mediterranean. Provided the American Navy agreed to give it safe passage, of course."

"President Assad, do you know what happens when a depleted uranium shell from an M1A2 hits a T-62?"

"Hah! I have been assured by the finest military experts in Russia that nothing would happen, other than perhaps a slight vertical displacement of the turret."

"President Assad, did you know that your office staff has set up a 'When is Boy Gonna Get Capped' betting pool?"

"That is a vicious lie!"

"I hope not, because my camaraman and I each put a fiver on December 1."
Posted by: Matt   2003-10-6 1:56:37 PM  

#1  Not by the threats but by the results of the war in Iraq which had serious repercussions in the political, economic, social, and security spheres.

Meaning of course that a free and democratic Iraq with equality for everyone regardless of religion, gender, or nationallity. Under a free and open market would prove how backwards and depostic his, and his fellow 'presidents', really are.

Syria, and the other nations around Iraq do not want a democratic Iraq. Their young people, who do not have any future in their kingdoms where everything is regulated and controlled, would flock to a Iraq where they can be free and live their lives in peace (as well as 'make a living for themselves').
Posted by: CrazyFool   2003-10-6 1:17:46 PM