Assad: Only ballot box can decide future of Syrian president
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Assad: Only ballot box can decide future of Syrian president

Damascus : Syria | Nov 09, 2012 at 6:06 AM PST
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Assad: Only ballot box can decide the future of the Syrian President

After releasing the complete interview of Bashar al-Assad, exclusive to the Russia Today TV channel, Assad said whether he can stay or leave is a popular issue which can only be decided through the ballot boxes.

"It is not matter what is being said, but what we can do through the ballot box, and the boxes can easily say that a president should stay or leave, very simply."

Assad also said Syria was not facing a civil war but a conflict with rebels (the Free Syrian Army), that could be long-term if they continue to receive support from abroad.

"It is not a civil war. This is terrorism and support provided to foreign terrorists to destabilize Syria. This is our war," he said.

"We must therefore expect a difficult war. You can not expect a small country like Syria can win in the space of a few days or weeks, against all these countries who are fighting against us by proxy," Assad added, citing in this regard the United States, the Western countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

"If the support for the rebels, from abroad ceased, I can say that we could end the war in a few weeks," he further said.

"But as long as there is an uninterrupted supply of weapons, logistics and everything else to terrorists, it will be a long-term war," he added.

Speaking about Syrian-Turkish relations, President Assad said that Turkish people need good relations with the Syrian people.

However, he said Turkish Pime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan thinks that if Muslim Brotherhood takes over in the region and especially in Syria, he can guarantee his political future, and that is one resason for Erdogan's positions. The other reason, Assad said, is that Erdogan personally thinks that he is the new sultan of the Ottoman and he can control the region as it was during the Ottoman Empire under a new umbrella of the Muslim Brotherhood, with foreign-backed help.

These are the main two reasons for him to shift his policy from zero problems to zero friends.

Assad spoke in many things related to the existence of a conspiracy against Syria. Besides, he actually senses the danger of war; he warned during the interview of the risk of a devastating war in the region. At the same time, he threatened that he is able to ignite the whole region within six hours after the first rockets fall on Damascus.

In another subject, Israeli vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon has warned Assad to prevent his anti-insurgency sweeps from spilling over to Israeli territory on the Golan Heights. Israel says it is prepared to defend itself.

These threats came after three Syrian mortars hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday. This incident was preceded by several attacks, whereas an Israeli army vehicle, patrolling a border area, was damaged late Monday, by gunfire from Syria. On Saturday, three Syrian tanks entered a demilitarized zone of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. There have been frequent incidents of shelling and shootings there for two weeks.

Opinion:

I think that this meeting meant for Assad to threaten the world if the crisis continues, especially now that the situation in Syria, after the failure of Eid al-Adha truce, can be described as "hell" or even worse than hell as per all the media in the world, along with my private sources.

In the current situation of the Syrian army and the ragged internal situation, Assad can not implement his threats without the participation and entry of others forcing a war with him. Assad threats are directed against Israel, Gulf countries and other regions in the world. With the exception of Israel, he is practically unable to access the Gulf region and other parts of the world without assistance from Iran and Hezbollah. Although Iran's participation in the next war is doubtful to a large degree, the situation is different with Hezbollah, which will run the war immediately against Israel. Iran's move would cause chaos in the Gulf region by causing chaos.

I think that what made Assad feels that there is a war approaching against his regime is what happened the day after the U.S. elections, when Turkey announced its desire to deploy Patriot missiles on its borders with Syria and asked NATO forces to support it against the Syrian ban.

I've noticed over the past few days that Syrian media speaks with great optimism about the so-called presence of US-Russian negotiations on the Syrian file. I see that this optimism is premature because the indications coming from Turkey, which is a member of NATO, does not bode peace but war that could erupt at any moment. The Russian military position remains unclear. Will Russia really protect Syria in case a war broke out, or it would only threaten and intimidate? I think that no one can predict, so far, the Russian military position.

If there will be a war, certainly its aim will be removing Assad!

For more details about the interview please check here.

Sources:

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/11/09/21/00/only-ballot-box-can-decide-future-assad

http://rt.com/news/assad-interview-exclusive-syria-265/

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/60043-assad-says-only-ballot-box-can-decide-his-future-describes-erdogan-as-caliph

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saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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