Syrian President Accuses West of Trying to Colonize His Country
Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Throughout the two-year conflict in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad has steadfastly maintained that he would fight to the death to remain in power.
Interviewed on Syrian national television this week, al-Assad seems more determined than ever to stay and fight, going as far as to charge the West with being behind the attempts to depose him.
While the embattled Syrian leader offered very little new information during the interview, his resolve to keep his job and crush his enemies appears to have toughened.
Al-Assad began a crackdown on pro-democracy forces in March 2011 that quickly turned violent, fueling an insurgency that now includes groups linked to al Qaeda.
He contends that it’s all been a plot by the West to recolonize Syria as the French once did.
The president also fought back against the perception held by the world community that the conflict is all about removing him from power.
Al-Assad contends he’s got the majority of Syrians behind him and that his side will ultimately emerge victorious in spite of the massive death toll, growing humanitarian crisis and the likelihood that the protracted conflict has already started to destabilize the region.
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