Speaking in an interview with the Egyptian paper Al-Ahram Al-Arabi Friday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he believes the Syrian rebels lack popular support and cannot win and that the Libyan scenario will not work in Syria.
Assad stressed that, "change cannot be achieved through foreign intervention and armed opposition groups are doomed to failure in the fight against the government."
Assad has criticized Saudi Arabia and Qatar for their attempts to increase their authority in the region by destabilizing Syria.
"Saudis and Qataris suddenly saw money in their hands after a long period of poverty and think they can buy history and play a regional role.”
Assad also said that "(Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip) Erdogan's government was unconcerned about the interests of its people, using the Syrian conflict as an opportunity to create a New Ottoman Empire and it will not succeed."
Meanwhile, NATO does not believe that military intervention in Syria would bring any improvement in the security situation there, a senior alliance official said Friday, according to AFP.
“The situation in Libya and Syria are fundamentally different. For military operation in Libya, NATO had the mandate of the U.N. Security Council. In Syria, political solution is the best option," Germany's Manfred Lange, Chief of Staff of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe said.
However, in Libya, it was a no-fly zone imposed by the U.N., but this time Russia and China have used their veto power three times to block U.N. Security Council resolutions targeting the Syrian regime, even as the death toll mounts steadily therein.
On the ground, a series of explosions rocked Douma as the army continued to bombard areas controlled until recently by the Free Syrian Army.
In Aleppo, regime forces pounded rebels neighborhoods such as Hanano, Inzarat and Sakhour. Moreover, bombing and fighting was reported in Deir Ezzor, Idleb, Homs and Hama.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 250 people were killed across Syria on Thursday, making it one of the deadliest days in the conflict. According to the report, the casualties include 58 in Aleppo, 50 in Damascus, 37 in Homs and 55 in a petrol station blast in Ain Issa village, Raqqa province.
For his part, the Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation said Thursday that the military operation against armed militias was satisfactory and progressive and had gained concrete results in less than a month.
Assad is repeating the same statements, accusations and threats. Obviously, there is something else he forgot to mention, which is he will not resign and will not leave Syria.
NATO did not change its position despite the massacres, which confirms that NATO would intervene only if it ensure the payment of military operations' bill. Of course, Syria is not an "oil country," it is a poor country. Therefore, the international community does not mind if, Syria becomes a new Somalia as long as the price of the missiles is not guaranteed to be paid.
NATO leaders are justifying their attitude, but no one is convinced by what they say for the simple reason that, Syria's geography is similiar to Kosovo's.
For what is happening on the ground, the Syrian regime is committed aerial bombardment, which will certainly kill a lot. Whereas Assad has guaranteed the international silence, together with the Chinese and Russian veto, he therefore will not hesitate to go for another massacre. What is really surprising is that the international press got used to the death toll in Syria to be over hundreds per day.
News covered in the Western press is quoting regime media, that the regime arrested a large number of opposition members after their return to Syria. Certainly, this is false claim, intending to harm the moral status of the opposition and the Free Syrian Army, who carried out many operations against the regime, without losing hope that that victory is coming soon.