No government in the world kills its people, unless it's led by a crazy person.— Bashar al-Assad
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There is no such things as "Islamic terrorism," because terrorism differs from Islam. There's just terrorism, not Islamic terrorism. But the term "Islamic terrorism" has become widespread.
In Great Britain, an author published a book in which he claimed that Jesus Christ had children. Such statements don't trigger civil unrest and bloodshed in Europe. But write similar statements about Islam in Syria and you might see bloody uprisings.
As soon as the legitimate Lebanese government is convinced that the conditions have ripened and that Lebanon is able to maintain stability on its own... Then, the Syrian forces will return to their homeland.
Whenever you have a war, the civilians and the innocents will pay the price.
That's in any war, any war is a bad war.
Sometimes you may kill tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands with very primitive armaments.
It's a dangerous thing when someone gets up in the morning and has nothing to eat.
The Israeli lobby has clout in the U.
S., which means that re-arranging the region and controlling its resources one way or another, will serve Israel through its control over the American administration.
It's very simple ; once the Western countries stop supporting those terrorists and making pressure on their puppet countries and client states like Saudi Arabia and Turkey and others, you'll have no problem in Syria. It will be solved easily.
[Chemical weapons] isn't about what the United States believe in, it's about the reality that we have, and this reality, we own it, we don't have to discuss it.
I don't want to talk about methods of killing.
But what is the difference between a bomb worn on the body and one dropped from an airplane? Both of them kill people.
[Enemies of Syria] are the enemies of the people and the enemies of God.
And the enemies of God will go to hell.
Worry does not mean fear, but readiness for the confrontation.
Since its very inception, Israel has been a threat.
I don't believe that in a couple of months Erdogan and the United States regime, and the Western regimes in general, and of course Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are going to stop the support of the terrorists.
There can be no peace without unity.
Many people do not understand the difference between peace and a peace treaty.
If you want to have real peace with normal relations between people, you need to have comprehensive peace.
[The Jews] tried to kill the principles of all religions with the same mentality in which they betrayed Jesus Christ and the same way they tried to betray and kill the Prophet Muhammad.
It's not exactly fair to make a mistake yourself and then start blaming others for it.
When you use an armament, you use it to defend the civilians.
You kill terrorists in order to defend civilians. That's the natural role of any army in the world.
It should be known that Israel is based on treachery.
The problem with every American candidate regarding the presidency, I am not talking only about this campaign or elections, but generally, that they say something during the campaign and they do the opposite after the campaign.
The United States' credibility is at an all-time low.
So, this war is against the interest of the Untied States.
According to what we've been seeing recently in the area where the terrorists control, where they ban people from going to schools, ban young men from shaving their beards, and women have to be covered from head to toe, and let's say in brief they live the Taliban style in Afghanistan, completely the same style.
The problem with the West is that they start with political reform going towards democracy. If you want to go towards democracy, the first thing is to involve the people in decision making, not to make it.
I don't believe in war, I believe in the principle of deterrence.
The problem with the West is that they start with political reform going towards democracy.
When our interests matched, the Americans have been good to us, and when the interests differed, they wanted us to mold ourselves to them, which we refused.
Despite the ethnic diversity within each nation, the social fabric of the region by and large is one.
[A conflict of Sunni vs. Shia] is in the mind of the Saudis, and this is in the minds of the Wahabists. [The Iranians] actually what they are doing is the opposite. They tried to open channels with the Saudi, with many other Islamic entities in the region in order to talk about Islamic society, not Sunni and Shi'ite societies.
In any war, people will pay the price.
But for us, in Syria, we have principles.
We'll do anything to prevent the region from another crazy war. It's not only Syria. Because it will start in Syria.
Opposition doesn't mean to take arms and kill people and destroy everything.
When you have terrorists, you don't throw at them balloons or you don't use rubber sticks, for example. You have to use armaments.
Syria is geographically and politically in the middle of the Middle East.
That is why we are in contact with most of the problems forever, let us say, whether directly or indirectly.
If you want to talk about mistakes, every country has mistakes, every government has mistakes, every person has mistakes. When you have a war, you have more mistakes. That's the natural thing.
Under Syrian law, a journalist is not allowed to report on military matters.
This may be wrong or right, but that's just the way it is.
They want to criticize you, let them criticize and do not worry.
Just be transparent with your people and tell them this is the reality.
Lebanon was under Israeli occupation, up to its capital, but we did not consider that a disaster. Why? Because it was very clear that there are ways to resist.
America is interested in re-arranging the region as it sees fit.
We learned that lesson very well, especially in the eighties, that terrorists cannot be used as a political card, you cannot put it in your pocket, because it's like a scorpion; it will bite you someday.
Almost all countries have natural dividing lines, and when ethnic and religious partition occurs in one country, it'll soon happen elsewhere.
In the United States, they always talk about subtitles, about chapters in a book without taking the main title of the book. They talk about a subtitle in a chapter and if you ask them about the headline, the main title, they say they do not know.
This is the Middle East, where every week you have something new;
so whatever you talk about this week will not be valuable next week.
Without the public support, we cannot withstand two years and a half.
Look at the other countries, look what happened in Libya, in Tunisia and in Egypt.
The army is making good advancement on daily basis against the terrorists.
Of course, they still have the support of Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and some Western countries including the United States, but the only option that we have in that regard is to win.
We believe that Lebanon has been the first real experience for all the Arabs.
We have hopes that we can see rational American presidents;
fair, obey the international law, deal with other countries according to mutual respect, parity, etc., but we all know that this is only wishful thinking and fantasy.
We are dealing with treachery and threats, which accompanied the establishment of Israel.
I've never heard of soft war.There's no soft war. War is war. Any war is ruthless. When you fight terrorists, you fight them like any other war.