She called legitimate self-defense "brutaliz(ing) his own people." He "lost all legitimacy," she claimed. He "must step aside to enable a political solution and a democratic transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people."
She ignored rule of law principles. No nation may interfere in the internal affairs of others. America's Constitution prohibits it.
She denied reality. Most Syrians support Assad. They condemn foreign invaders. They deplore Western meddling. They alone should decide who'll govern.
The Syrian National Coalition for the Forces of the Opposition and the Revolution (SNC 2.0) said Assad's speech:
"confirms his incompetence as a head of state who realizes the grave responsibilities he carries during this critical time in Syria's history."
"Furthermore, it demonstrates that he is incapable of initiating a political solution that puts forward a resolution for the country's struggle and an exit for his regime with minimum losses because he cannot see himself and his narrow based rule except as remaining in power despite being rejected by his people and his traditional allies."
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called his speech "just repetitions of what he's said all along."- Advertisement -
He "no longer has the representative authority over the Syrian people."
Davutoglu and likeminded Turkish officials are imperial tools. They're lead Washington attack dogs. They shamelessly betray their own people. They violate international law in the process.
EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton is no better. She insists that "Assad has to step aside and allow for a political transition."
UK Foreign Minister William Hague called Assad's speech "hypocritical. Deaths, violence and oppression engulfing Syria are his own making. Empty promises of reform fool no one."
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle claimed Assad's speech contained "no new insights."- Advertisement -
Robert Fisk called Assad's speech his "most important" one. He addressed his people, Syria's army, and fallen martyrs. He praised supportive nations.
He stressed Syrian unity. "I will go one day, but the country stays," he said. He wants independence from foreign control. It matters most.