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Assad Hits Out At UK Government In Interview
Syrian President Bashar al Assad has heavily criticised the British government, calling it "shallow and immature".
In an interview with The Sunday Times, he dismissed any suggestion that Britain could help to resolve the conflict saying: "We do not expect an arsonist to be a firefighter."
He said Britain was not trusted by many in the Middle East, saying its has been viewed as "unconstructive" in the region for centuries.
"There's no contact between Syria and Britain for a long time.
"You cannot separate the role from the credibility, and you cannot separate the credibility from the history of that country.
"To be frank, Britain has played famously in our region (an) unconstructive role in different issues, for decades, some say for centuries."
He added: "How can we expect to ask Britain to play a role while it's determined to militarise the problem?
"How can you ask them to play a role in making the situation better, more stable, how can we expect them to make the violence less when they want to send the military supply to the terrorist?
"I think they are working against us, and they are working against the interests of the UK itself.
"This Government is acting in a na?, confused, and unrealistic manner. If they want to play a role they have to change this, they have to act in a more reasonable and responsible way."
But Foreign Secretary William Hague said the interview was "one of the most delusional" by a modern leader.
"This is a man presiding over this slaughter, and the message to him is that we, Britain, are the people sending food and shelter and blankets to the people driven from their homes and families in his name.
"We are the people sending medical supplies to try to look after people injured and abused by the soldiers working for this man, President Assad.
"And Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN envoy, who's a soft-spoken diplomat, said this week that Assad thinks and is told by his inner circle, that all this is an international conspiracy, not the actual rebellion and revolt of his own people.
"So I think this will go down as one of the most delusional interviews that any national leader has given in modern times."
He also confirmed more direct assistance would be given to the Syrian opposition.
Earlier this week the Syrian Government said it is ready for talks with its armed opponents.
However, Syrian rebel leader Selim Idris said there could be no negotiations unless Mr Assad stepped down and leaders of the army and security forces were put on the trial.
The UN estimates that around 70,000 people have been killed since fighting began in Syria almost two years ago.
what do you think?
Ramblings of a child murdering tyrant. . Soon to join Saddam Hussain and Colonel Ghadaffi in Hell
Are you mad? Assad is not the tyrant we paint him to be. Thought youd know that!
Anyone who will allow their armed forces to target civilians is a despot and tyrant. Regardless of colour, creed or faith. I've never been one to believe all the propaganda that constantly spews out of Whitehall and I think our politicians are duplicitous capitalistic liars. But Assad is a tyrant and no-one will convince me he is some sort of hero. Between him and his father they have kept the people oppressed under a state of emergency for 40 years
If we didn't manipulate the country into war thered be no civilian deaths my friend. We pay the Islamic terror groups and thanks to this digital age its not even a secret.
If there wasnt an armed rebellion in the country, there wouldnt be any targetting of anybody, Id certainly never heard of anything wrong with this Assad`s regeime before the rebels started kicking off, oh around the same time we helped the Egyptians kick off, and Libya too, do you think our Government would stand aside so easily if we all got hold of guns and started a rebellion to oust them, started shooting police officers trying to stop us etc ? Or would the Army be called in and we`d be killed for trying it
Cut all ties and all trade with Syria. Deport all non English Syrians and close the door. We dont need them, dont want them and will save money having anything to do with them.
I don't understand how deporting non English citizens will alleviate the issue? They're not responsible for Assad's actions. Rather dim-witted statement kris.
Typical BNP statement
Dr monic..... why should we pay benefit to these people? get rid and close the coasts to all non british people! Then start to deport the ones we have here. if they commit a crime. deport. if they are a risk. deport. if they are unemployed for longer than a year. deport.
And yet the majority agree with Kris statement...
Should sort his own mess at home (slaughtering of his own people) before commenting on us, fud
There is a certain amount of truth in his views of British politics and diplomacy.
Peter, are you daring to question whether Britain's eagerness to pursue military interventions in other countries to oust a regime we don't particularly like without any concept of the intricate power dynamics between rival factions can be anything but a good idea? You need to read more tabloids and stop having an enquiring mind. ;-)
Hector, You are right I do have a problem buying the comics we call newspapers.
Peter, just read the Sun everyday and believe everything it says without question. Soon you'll reach a new higher level of conciousness. Remember, those foreigners, they're not like us you know.
Agreed. We're the biggest thieves in history unfortunately.
Yep our ancestors were pretty good at exploiting our advantages. Now we just get exploited.
And he still looks like Beaker off The Muppets. Makes just as much sense, too.
James R McCulloch
Russia has a sizeable presence in Syria as well as the Chinese. So Assad will have to kow tow to them. After all where can the Russian Navy berth its ships in the Med? Oh yes and have we got one too? It's called Gibraltar. Malta comes to mind...Russia won't be happy will they??
Typical ravings of a dictator but delusions won't save him
When he's gone, what will be there instead?
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Why would the Sunday times even do an interview with this man? If they have seen some of the videos on the net of Syrain army brutality murdering people, which im sure they haven't they wouldn't do an interview.
Maybe Jordan was too busy for an interview?
Contradictions. On one news story you have a leading figure of al queda being killed. All things good. And here you have Britain assisting extremist Muslim fanatics. Make up your mind people. At end of the day this world is about 1 thing only Money.
even a murderous tyrant can be right some of the time
Did America not fund/assist a rebel army to fight against Russia in a middle eastern country once , and what happened there not too many years after? When will governments learn that helping ' rebel' armies has a nasty habit of turning round and biting you in the rear at a later date?!
Just have a look of some of the Syrian "rebels" home movies posted on the web, encouraging small boys to hack off their captives heads, throwing post office workers off high rise buildings etc, etc, why is Hague backing these creatures?
Because people like Hague never learn the lessons of past events,he's helping no one in arming these rebels,least of all Briton.
I don't think that anything we do or say will matter one jot. Really the greatest corruption of the last century was undoubtable Soviet communism. This brought about worldwide collection of despots who gained power and thrived in the standoff between the superpowers. Nature abors a vacuum. It really matters what Russia and China decide to do.
Interesting that britain is arming the rebels in Syria yet the mainstream media fails to mention this.
Had our P.M. Cameron not encourage the terrorists in Lybia then Syria all these lives would have not been lost. That's why we are not trusted. Gaddafi was our ally for years buying our arms and goods but when he stated their should be a new African oil money exchange instead of the Dollar ,he signed his death sentence.
who needs enemies if a 'Gaddafi' is an ally? He funded for years (boat loads of guns and semtex) some of our Irish neighbours in their successfull attempts to kill members of our government. it well suited his purpose which of course was his continued survival.
Gaddafi was not MY ally the British Government`s using Gaddafi `s torture prisons for their suspect terrorists right up until his assaination.
When something like the 'Arab Spring' happens the 'free' nations (us in the west) have to quickly decide what to do and the idea of siding with a dictator to kill more of the people would not be popular here. It would have been a bit stupid to have stood by and watch Gaddafis tanks roll into Benghazi. People the world over cry out for help that very rarely comes.
This is all about power. The Western Nations do not want anyone in power who disagrees with their principles.
So when, as someone finally gets to kill him, He won't understand?
If there wasnt an armed rebellion in the country, there wouldnt be any killing of anybody, Id certainly never heard of anything wrong with this Assad`s Government before the rebels started kicking off, oh around the same time we helped the Egyptians kick off, and Libya too, do you think our Government would stand aside so easily if we all got hold of guns and started a rebellion to oust them, started shooting police officers trying to stop us etc ? Or would the Army be called in and we`d be killed for trying it
Our elected governments dont hang on to power by mass killing, they have to be elected, slight difference. The Assads have always hung onto power by killing - the father killed 30,000 in Homs Massacre, 1970's?