April 5th, 2013
03:53 PM ET

Al-Assad warns of domino effect

If the Syrian government falls, other countries in the region could suffer, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a Turkish news outlet Friday.

The embattled leader told Turkey's Ulusal TV that neighboring states who should be allies instead are being influenced by foreign powers.

"A fight in Syria would affect countries in the region. And perhaps with a domino effect will impact faraway countries as well," al-Assad said. "The Arab states that have not supported the Syrian regime are those that are not independent actors but rather under the guidance of foreign countries."

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  1. Shariq

    Assad warns that if one totalitarian dictatorship that brutalizes it's population falls, so may others in a domino effect? And that's bad? Assad, you need a better public relations advisor.

    April 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    Psycho he may be, but he is right, other neighboring regimes are still in danger. Assad won't be the last domino to fall. The Saudi royal family might be last.

    April 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Translation: Fellow psychos, we must stand together.

    April 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    whattayahkno, the tyrant is doing the world a favor with all these killings...geeez! really???whowoulddah known hesah nice guy saving the world by preventing the domino effect!

    April 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I know, right? Who knew he is so altuistic?

      April 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      *altruistic

      April 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    A post Assad Syria indeed raises all sorts of specters. Libya hasn't turned out as we expected (or did it?).
    Getting rid of Bashar is not in itself the bright future or "enduring freedom" for the people or the region.

    April 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    The 'wise' & the 'sages' & the pundits anywhere have no clue.

    April 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    We can only hope that the factions & foreigners including AlQaeda which the'rebels' are comprised of can bring an end to blood shed & a lasting peace to the country & the region.

    April 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. goodolewoody

    Reblogged this on GoodOleWoody's Blog and Website.

    April 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Thanks@Laurence.
    I had hoped someone would get it.

    April 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Would someone please explain to me how a pizza company can any kind of effect on this situation ?

    April 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |