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November 8th, 2012
06:31 AM ET

Syrian president vows to 'live and die' in Syria, threatens against foreign invasion

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made an ominous threat against foreign intervention, saying it would have a "domino impact" on the world.

"I think that the cost of foreign invasion of Syria, if it happened, would be greater than one that the whole world can afford," he told Russia Today television. "Because if there were problems in Syria, particularly as we are the last bastion of secularism, stability and coexistence in the region, it will have a domino impact that will affect the world from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

"And you know its implications on the rest of the world. I do not think that the West is moving in this direction, but if they do, no one can predict what will happen after."

The embattled president also told Russia Today that he is "not a puppet" of the West who intends to stay put.

“I'm not a puppet, and I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country. I am Syrian, I was made ​​in Syria and to live and die in Syria.”

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  1. TRINIDAD

    TO President Bashar al-Assad

    With all due respect Mr. President, I think it's about time for you to come to your senses. I know that I am not a citizen of your country, but I am also a concerned citizen of this world. A true leader should know what's best for his country. You are no longer causing good to the people of Syria. Thousands of people already lost their lives and this has to stop. I hope you know what you are doing. Let love and peace prevail in your country.
    Mr. President, I have one question "Do you value life?"

    God Bless Syria.

    Trinidad Eunice, 1POL3, University of Santo Tomas

    November 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Althea Aguianldo

    To President Bashar al-Assad,

    No one has the right to kill a human being. In the eyes of God it is a sin, and to the people it is an immoral act against another person. Everyone has the right to live even if he or she has committed something wrong. As a leader of your country it is your responsibility to weigh all possible options in giving a solution to your country's problems. Killing thousands of people is not a solution, until you can handle the responsibility step down and let someone take over. God Bless to you and to all those who suffer under you.

    Aguinaldo Althea lei, 1SCL!, University of Santo Tomas

    December 2, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
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