Turkish PM tells Syria's president to step down or risk death
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pcitured) has condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in remarks to party members.
November 22nd, 2011
09:08 AM ET

Turkish PM tells Syria's president to step down or risk death

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a stern warning to Syria's president Tuesday, saying that he risks facing the same fate as Libya's slain Moammar Gadhafi if he does not step down.

Erdogan condemned President Bashar al-Assad for remarks he reportedly made over the weekend that he would fight to the death to resist foreign forces, saying al-Assad was battling his own people.

"For God's sake, who are you fighting against?" Erdogan said, in remarks to party members in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

"To fight against your own people 'til you die is not heroism; it is cowardice. If you want to see someone who has fought until death against his own people, just look at Nazi Germany, just look at Hitler, at Mussolini, at Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania.

"If you cannot draw any lessons from these, then look at the Libyan leader who pointed weapons against his own people, used the same terms you use and who was killed just 32 days ago in a way that none of us wished."

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  1. ma & pa

    we keep thinking how sweet it would be if EVERYone who longed for a peaceful life, didn't interfere with or intentionally aggravate others, could be shielded while the ruiners wiped themselves out of the world. Then maybe families could rest easy.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. adam el tani

    when i read Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan say that in the newspaper thought: this is the end for Syria's president.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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