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