In a rare and defiant speech Tuesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blamed the unabated violence in his country on an "external conspiracy," criticized the Arab League as toothless and said that the international call for reform wasn't taking into account what the country was really facing: terrorism.
While he did not explicitly point the finger at a particular country, a defiant al-Assad blamed both Western and Arab elements for the unrest.
"The mask has fallen off these faces," he said. "No wise person denies these international conspiracies that is being done in order to spread fear inside. But this time, it was done with people from inside."
He also denied that his forces had opened fire on protesters.FULL STORY
Another out of touch dictator?
@ Scottish Mama:
Actually, I don't think that President Bashar al-Assad is out of touch.
I think that his assessment of external influences is probably correct.
@Joey- external Arab spring and speading their wings? or Western influence?
Good mornin' Joey.
Both, Morning and good day. I had to get a quick one in before I go to work. I won't be seeing you guys for awhile. have blessed week Y'all
Well< od course he says that...he 's not going to admit that anythine he has done may have caused any unrest.
I think JIF is also right; the external influences being that the eyes of Syria are looking at what is happening in the ME; perhaps they decided "enough is enough"?
That should be "Well, of course."
@banasy- I think he is out of touch and step with the growning pains of an unrest of a population of the Syria that have wised up, are young and idealistic, and do not wish to have someone tell them their worth.
No one has the right to tell another person their worth, let alone tell an entire country.
Why won't everyone just leave me alone.
It's Israel's fault.
NOT ME!THE TROLL IS TROLLING IT SELF.ID CALL THAT MENTAL MASTER *B*A*T*I*O*N*
Wow. Whouldda thunk powerful nations would meddle in the affairs of weaker nations. We learn from history, but have we learned from the history of nations? Can you show me even one world power in history that DIDN'T do EXACTLY what Syria's leader claims is being done today? No. You cannot. They don't teach you modern history unfolding. You kinda have to see it for yourself. Major Media/TV isn't going to show it to you.
@Joey- Maybe its da trolls?