This quote was part of an interview of President Assad by the Italian TV channel RAI in November 2019, the full text of which is contained in the shared SANA article. RAI has, for some undisclosed reason, chosen not to put the interview to air, according to the article – although that may have changed 1 day ago, and if you perform an internet search for ‘RAI Assad interview’ you will find all sorts of distortions and mischief arising from all the usual sources of such, taken from what he has said. Nothing changes. How could we think otherwise. .
I have read the whole transcript and to my mind there is nothing untoward that any rational person would object to in it. In fact Dr Assad is his usual pragmatic, charming, self, explaining the situation and answering all the questions succinctly and clearly.
There is one point made that could possibly upset Europeans generally. When asked about the refugee situation in Europe, part of his answer was –
“Europe was the main player in creating chaos in Syria. So, what goes around comes around.”
That may appear to be harsh, but it is true. Europe, including Britain, has always been the main cause of chaos in the Middle East generally. There is no escaping that fact. Italians should be aware of that as much as any other European nation. The Americans are a relative newcomer to that game – the game of causing chaos, that is.
One other point I can make, is this. When asked about the ‘killing of civilians’ so often talked about in the media, part of his brilliant response was –
“We couldn’t withstand this war for nine years without the public support and you cannot have public support while you’re killing civilians. This is an equation, this is a self-evident equation, nobody can refute it.”
Point taken. The media simply has it all wrong – for whatever reason. The main reasons for that, I suggest, are that they readily accept what they hear and do not feel it necessary to validate their sources, or they simply make stuff up to fill their chosen narrative. Or both.
It is a crying shame that this previously prosperous country should have been almost, not entirely, brought to its knees by the interference of the despicable external influences of other nations. If those same nations now do not wish to hear of their earlier and in some cases continuing indiscretions, then they should have thought a little harder about the decisions they made. They will have to live with that, if they have a conscience at all, and also they must deal with any fallout of their acts – which includes having them referenced and called out by those they have offended against.
Long live Syria. May she soon regain the prosperity she once enjoyed.
And long live President Assad.