July 5th, 2012
08:17 AM ET

Al-Assad: Syria protests can't compare to Egypt, Tunisia

The Syrian president says his country's opposition movement has failed to duplicate the kinds of mass protests that unfolded in other Arab nations.

"They wanted to bring people out into the streets in large numbers just like in Egypt and Tunisia," President Bashar al-Assad said in the latest installment of an interview published Thursday in the Turkish newspaper, Cumhuriyet.

"However they were not successful."

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  1. Obama Mama

    Kinda hard to get people out in the streets to protest your regime when "YOUR ARE KILLING THEM".

    July 5, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Agree totally, OM.

      July 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Piers Morgan, Supervillain

      Sounds to me like he is daring them. Like: "c'mon. All of you get together in one place. That way I will know exactly where to drop bombs." Which, of course, he will blame on invisible terrorists.

      July 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    he is an EVIL MOCKER who enjoys taunting the injured and murdered...it's a veiled threat to those left...like an insanity of a serial murderer replaying his atrocities, power, abuse, and control on the defeated...his ways are harden and prideful...no one should ever put him in front a camera or lens...public humiliation is his greatest fear...

    July 5, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
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      July 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Agreed, and Russia supports this pos

      July 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Rascal- but then they have proof of his arrogance and unhumane abilities, let him talk, and talk and talk.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Ty @ Rascal, that was an awesome post. Too bad more dont read it and pay attention to your words!

    July 5, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Well @Rascal Rabble that is just one side of this bloody saga now playing out against the people of Syria. Its good to demonize a figure so that the focus remains as wanted.
    Financing and arming the 'rebels' who consist mostly of foreign mercenaries and groups in exiles like Syrian Muslim brotherhood and others with ties to terrorist orgs is the other side.
    It has been reported now for some time that the 'rebels' are responsible for more and more blood shed as they get arms.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Good morning @chrissie
    People of Syria has the least say in what is going on the ground in that country. Its powers like US,Russia and countries like S.Arabia,Israel and Turkey who are the players. Iran's role has been considerably curtailed due to sanctions.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Pl forgive the typo@Chrissy though that was unpardonable, I know.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Good morning@banasy.
    As I have been saying all along and reports pointing that way, its not like Egypt or Tunisia where the people rose in aground swell which turned into a people tsunami. Its more complex and orchestrated. More to do with power play by outside forces.
    Syrian people are caught in between.

    July 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Outside forces may be in play, and it is quite true that the everyday Syrian is caught in the middle.
      Cold comfort to the families of the slaughtered, though, and most likely beyond their comprehension...dead I'd dead, whether outside influences are at fault or not.
      I wish it would stop already: Al-Assad does his citizenry a grave misjustice by all of his posturing.

      July 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Piers Morgan, Supervillain

      thanks banasy©, you often say what I am thinking, but do it in a MUCH nicer way than I would.

      July 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You're welcome, Piers; I have been known to be a little short with my words at times...
      I enjoy your posts VERY much. Your posting style is blunt yet hilarious; an irresistible combo!

      July 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hope

    Asaad is an ass. There's nothing staged. The protests started with college kids who saw a better future than that of being a soldier in Assad's army. They want freedom sooo bad they're willing to die. They are dying and I'm glad it's getting covered.

    Baaaash Asad!

    July 6, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Peter

    It is abundantly obvious that the opposition is the cause of the violence and when the government troops retaliate or try to quell the violence they claim that war crimes are being commited and want the west to intervene. It is exactly the same story that has been played out in Kosova and Libya. It is the latest sneaky way to invade another country by claiming that the authorities are killing there own people. Russia and China know the truth.

    July 8, 2012 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |