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Obama's Post-Election Militancy

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Cameron wants the meaning twisted to do openly what's been ongoing covertly since conflict began last year. The London Guardian said he'll press Obama to prioritize Syria. He wants stepped up efforts to oust Assad.

He said he's determined to act. "That means more help for the opposition, more pressure at the UN, more help for the refugees, more work with the neighbors but also a general sort of:"

"Look, let's be frank what we've done for the last 18 months hasn't been enough. The slaughter continues. The bloodshed is appalling, the bad effects it's having on the region, the radicalization but also the humanitarian crisis that is engulfing Syria." 

"So let's work together on really pushing what more we can do, what other steps we can take to hasten the end of this regime."

He wants more aggressive options on the table. Expect direct Western intervention if what he has in mind fails. With US elections concluded, it's more likely. It could happen early next year or sooner.

On November 8, Russia Today interviewed Assad. He'll not leave Syria, he stressed. He'll live or die there. He was frank and clear, saying:

"We are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region and coexistence, let's say, it will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific and you know the implication on the rest of the world."

"I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country," he said. "I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria."

He doesn't expect direct Western intervention, but isn't sure what's next. He calls "the price of (possible foreign) invasion".more than the whole world can afford."

"My enemy is terrorism and instability in Syria."

"The West creates enemies. In the past, it was the communism then it became Islam, and then it became Saddam Hussein for a different reason. Now, they want to create a new enemy represented by Bashar."

"The fight now is not the president's fight -- it is Syrians' fight to defend their country."

It's "not about the power of the President. It is about the whole society."

"Syria faces not a civil war, but terrorism by proxies".(F)oreign fighters (came) from abroad."

"Without foreign rebel fighters and smuggled weapons, we could finish everything in weeks."

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