November 8th, 2012
06:31 AM ET

Syrian president vows to 'live and die' in Syria, threatens against foreign invasion

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made an ominous threat against foreign intervention, saying it would have a "domino impact" on the world.

"I think that the cost of foreign invasion of Syria, if it happened, would be greater than one that the whole world can afford," he told Russia Today television. "Because if there were problems in Syria, particularly as we are the last bastion of secularism, stability and coexistence in the region, it will have a domino impact that will affect the world from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

"And you know its implications on the rest of the world. I do not think that the West is moving in this direction, but if they do, no one can predict what will happen after."

The embattled president also told Russia Today that he is "not a puppet" of the West who intends to stay put.

“I'm not a puppet, and I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country. I am Syrian, I was made ​​in Syria and to live and die in Syria.”

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  1. chrissy

    Only because no other country wants him. And wth? Syria is the LAST bastian of STABILITY??? He really is loopy if he thinks Syria is stable!

    November 8, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Business Owners Direct

    Here we go again! Another nut case that needs sorting out.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kate

    Assad, preferably you will have your wish granted, i.e., to die in Syria. Preferably ASAP!! You can join the tens of thousands of your innocent countrymen and women who preceded you in death at your hands....

    November 8, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Art

    Assad don't trust those peaceful demonstrators just because they shoot up the place with AK-47s.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jay

    al-Assad: “The killings will continue….until patriotism improves!”

    November 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gregg Evans

    seems he want to go the way Qaddafi went, good choice

    November 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    YEP, lets give him his wish, ASAP!!

    November 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JCDavis

    Good for Assad. And great if he can keep us out of there. The warmongers in Congress are itching to go in and kill some people.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nick Bowman

    The key in this is Turkey. After the Syrians shot down the Turkish recon jet and shelled a Turkish town, the Turks are getting ready for war. They are going to ask for Patriot missiles to defend their border. Turkey is the only NATO country that could mobilize significant ground forces – I mean armor and heavy weapons – sufficiently quickly to stop the Syrians prior to Russian reinforcement. If a western US-led cooalition tries to assemble a force, watch for Russia to do everything it can to prevent intervention. Turkey needs to move quickly and I think you'll find that it does – with air support from the US, Britain and France.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • EOD ED

      Turkey is the right choice for the right reasons. NATO should support it's member country in this effort!

      November 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wiz Khalifa

    WOW, he just pulled a Qaddafi. Putting a countdown timer on my iPhone and getting the kettle corn!

    November 9, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. crazy media

    Anybody else think Al-Assad head looks like one of those racing hotdogs at big league baseball games. Jez that guy has a looooong head.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. paul in paris

    there was another 'leader' of an arab country, who said he was going to live and die in his country. and he did! rather recently-- "he died in a cross fire incident" as i remember it. you know, the nut who liked to live in a tent.

    since mr assad feels like wise, what are they waiting for??? certainly someone in the middle east can put a bounty on his head and end this/his stupidity. $1,000,000 or $10,000,000 to save every one a lot of time, trouble and a lot of lives? LET'S SPEED IT UP!!!!!!

    pennies on the dollar.and a wise investment in a single bullet.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NUNYA

    Psychologist UP!!!!

    November 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. czar

    We want to ask with all our hearts that President Assad to step down

    Czar Pacis, 2Bes2, University of Santo Tomas

    November 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dalican

    I know that I'm not the right person to say this but in behalf of the Syrian people, please step down from office President Assad. I assume that you see many people are suffering, stop now.

    Elaine Dalican, 1BES2, UST

    November 20, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
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