Assad on Combatting Terrorism in Syria
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Bashar al-Assad is no dictator, as falsely portrayed in the West and by Israel. He's overwhelmingly popular. Syrians want no one else leading them.
He's engaged in a longterm struggle to free his country from US-supported ISIS and other terrorists. When interviewed, he speaks candidly, his remarks polar opposite US/Israeli imperial views, his policies world's apart from their destructive ones.
Interviewed days earlier by the Greek Kathimerini broadsheet, he stressed what Western countries and Israel know but won't admit, saying:
"(W)e don't have any chemical arsenal since we gave it up in 2013, and the international agency for chemical weapons made investigations about this, and it's clear or documented that we don't have."
"Second, even if we have it, we wouldn't use it, for many different reasons," explaining with help from Russia and other allies, Syria has come along way toward defeating the scourge of terrorism in the country - yet much remains to be done.
Why would its military use CWs when it's prevailing in battles with conventional weapons? Why would they be used against civilians Assad and other Syrian officials want liberated and protected?
If CWs were used in Douma or other heavily populated communities, they'd be hundreds of thousands of casualties - none in Douma or Kahn Sheikhoun last year. Claims of CW use in both communities were fabricated.
"(W)hy all the chemical weapons, the presumed or supposed chemical weapons, only kill children and women," Assad asked?
"They don't kill militants. If you look at the videos, it's completely fake. I mean, when you have chemical weapons, how could the doctors and nurses be safe, dealing with the chemical atmosphere without any protective clothes, without anything, just throwing water at the victims, and the victims became okay just because you washed them with water."
"So, it's a farce. It's a play. It's a very primitive play, just to attack the Syrian army…"
With terrorists being defeated, "the US, France, UK, and their other allies who want to destabilize Syria, they lost one of their main cards, and that's why they had to attack the Syrian Army, just to raise the morale of the terrorists and to prevent the Syrian Army from liberating more areas in Syria."
Trump claimed his "mission was accomplished in Syria." Assad responded explaining "maybe the only (US) mission accomplished was when they helped ISIS escape from Raqqa, when they helped them, and it was proven by video, and under their cover, the leaders of ISIS escaped Raqqa, going toward Deir Ezzor just to fight the Syrian Army."
"The other mission accomplished was when they attacked the Syrian Army at the end of 2016 in the area of Deir Ezzor when ISIS was surrounding Deir Ezzor, and the only force was the Syrian Army" defending the city from their fighters.
"(W)e all know very clearly that the only mission the United States have been doing in Syria is to support the terrorists, regardless of their names, of the names of their factions."
Washington created them, arms, funds trains them, US and allied warplanes serving as their air force.
Asked if he would meet with Trump for summit talks like the scheduled ones with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, Assad questioned what could be achieved with a US leader unworthy of trust, saying one thing, doing something entirely different.
"I don't think…we can achieve anything with such an administration," he stressed, adding:
"(W)e don't think the president of that regime is in control. We all believe that the deep state, the real state, is in control, or is in control of every president, and this is nothing new. It has always been" this way in America.
Prevailing over foreign-supported terrorists depends on how long this scenario continues. One day fighting will end, likely not for a considerable more time.
Russia and Iran are Syrian allies. Washington, NATO, the Saudis, Israel and their rogue partners are at war with Syria without formally declaring it.
Like America, Turkey illegally occupies Syrian territory. Annexing northern parts of the country is a longstanding Erdogan aim, despite publicly saying otherwise.
Syria is "not going to be divided," said Assad. "(W)e're going to be unified" when conflict ends. There's no divisions now, he added, other than areas controlled by terrorists.
In all his interviews, Assad is forthright and optimistic about liberating Syria from foreign-supported terrorists.
His military has come a long way from pre-Russian intervention days when things looked grim.
Yet war won't end as long as Washington and its imperial allies want it continued for regime change - what the vast majority of Syrians oppose.
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