Assad does not see foreign intervention in Syria - Russia Today

BEIRUT Thu Nov 8, 2012 11:11am GMT

1 of 2. Syria's President Bashar al-Assad walks out of his office to welcome his counterpart from Guyana Bharrat Jagdeo at al-Shaeb presidential palace in Damascus March 22,2009.

Credit: Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri

BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad said he does not see the West embarking on a military intervention in Syria and warned that the cost of such action would be unbearable, Russia Today reported on Thursday, citing an interview with him.

"I think that the cost of a foreign invasion of Syria - if it happens - would be bigger than the entire world can bear ... This will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific," he said.

"I do not believe the West is heading in this direction, but if they do, nobody can tell what will happen afterwards," he said. The remarks were published in Arabic on Russia Today's web site. Russia Today said the full interview would be broadcast on Friday. It was not clear when Assad gave the interview.

Assad, who is battling to put down a 19-month old uprising against his rule, also said he would "live and die in Syria", in what appeared to be a rejection of the idea that a safe exit and foreign exile could be one way to end the civil war.

"I am not a puppet and the West did not manufacture me in order that I leave to the West or any other country. I am Syrian, I am Syrian-made, and I must live and die in Syria," he said.

Russia Today's web site showed footage of him speaking in the interview and walking down the stairs outside a white villa.

(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Samia Nakhoul)

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Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Sounds all a bit Gaddafi-esque like in tone from Bashar… (just substitute Libya for Syria)

And [sic] anyway al-Assad’s Sunni insurgents are doing a grand job of regime demolition from the inside anyway, (maybe with just a little bit of external coordination and service assistance) for the need of any substantial regular force intervention.

No judging by the build up of a potential air armada, the real contingency planning would be surround the al-Assad benefactor (and Sudanese weapons factory building)nuclear aspirant Tehranese mullahcracy.

Nov 08, 2012 12:04pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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