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. banasy©

    Wise words.
    I hope Assad heeds them.

    November 22, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. wardoggsss

    germans are nazis

    November 22, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. nur amabo nur

    Erdogan is a tool, you want war than go! I think your a coward. America has spent way to much micro managing the world. I would be fine with watching Turkey and Syria kill each other. Don't ask us for weapons, troops or money.

    November 22, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Wild Turkey

      Turkey has plenty of troops, weapons, and money, belive me they would not need US help for this. Turkey still has a strong economy. Besides what weapons, troops, or $$ can US spare? None! Even if we wanted to, US is over extended all around the world. But you miss the point. Turkey is not threatening Syria for war, Erdogan is telling him to step down with his dignity and his life still. Syria is not fighting Turkey. Syria is fighting its own citizens.

      November 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Well now that Turkey is getting involved we are most certainly on our way to WW3!

    November 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    Is Turkey volunteering to handle this, or are they building the case to lobby the rest of NATO? Stay tuned......

    November 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. **cosmicvox *

    PM talks Turkey...

    November 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marc

    The only person with a conscience.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO

    But he doesn't believe Hamas is a terrorist organization.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernard

      Yes he doesn't because they are an ELECTED party in Gaza part of Palestine 🙂

      November 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Being elected does not give absolution for criminal acts. Would you be prepared to accept murder committed by any western democracy?

      November 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andreas Moser

    Death to the dictator!

    November 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jack

    This guy should be the president

    November 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Of Turkey? It's a largely ceremonial position.

      November 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jimmy

    Turks can invade Syria whenever they want since they have every reason (terrorism, right of their own citizens in Syria etc...) but they prefer to see Essad get out with peace. Erdogan is doing the right thing as they did on Israel. Pointing out the REAL BAD GUYS in the region. Israel should also consider changing their ultra nationalist Zionist government to meet UN requirements to be a Peaceful State.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wild Turkey

      Well said, sir! You are obviously a man of high intellect.

      November 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO

    Actually, most Muslims should thank Israel, for giving them the distraction of a common adversary. If Israel didn't exist, there would be millions killed each year in brutal Muslim vs Muslim border conflicts. We have already seen a lot of it (Shia/ Sunni civil wars in Iraq and Lebanon, the Iran/ Iraq war, various conflicts in North Africa sponsored by Libya and Egypt) and without the unifying influence of Israel's existence, there would be many more.

    November 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Yeah, we're all going to be eating our oven roasted, smoked or cajun fried turkeys in a couple days. With all the fixins.

    November 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Words you can say on CNN

    ass boobies urine excrement ejaculation fart

    November 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Bet you can't do them all at once.

      November 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Blue Mountian

    @ Guest, YUK!

    November 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
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