Assad "sounded" like he did in winter 2011, "dictating which opposition groups were worthy and labeling the rest terrorists and traitors."
He called a spade a spade. A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist. Western-recruited death squads ravage the country. Syrians deplore them. They depend on security forces to rout them.
The Times left core issues unaddressed. It ignored reality. It pointed fingers the wrong way. It blamed Assad for death squad crimes. It falsely claimed most Syrians "demand change."
It quoted the usual anti-Assad sources. Propaganda substituted for truth and full disclosure. Times editors prioritize it.
The Washington Post was no better. On January 6, it headlined "Syria's Assad is defiant in rare speech," saying:
Assad "dashed hopes that a negotiated settlement to the nation's civil war would be feasible anytime soon."
His speech "offered no hint that he is prepared to surrender power, negotiate with his opponents or halt his crackdown on armed rebels."
So-called "rebels" are Western-recruited assassins. They're foreign invaders. They're death squad terrorists.
Assad prioritizes peaceful conflict resolution. Claiming otherwise turns truth on its head.
Calling his position "uncompromising" belies reality. Propaganda substitutes for full and accurate disclosure. It's typical Washington Post. Media scoundrels prioritize it.
They march in lockstep with imperial lawlessness. They point fingers the wrong way. The entire Post article was disingenuously duplicitous and hypocritical.
Assad made fair-minded responsible proposals. The Post called them "vague." He "put the onus on Western power." He did what had to be done.
His 50-minute speech was described as "outbursts of noisy acclamation." His "defiant tone cast a shadow (over) diplomatic activity." He "derived the entire opposition as lacking in ideology."
He did no such thing. He supports engaging nonviolent opponents. He correctly refuses to negotiate with Western-recruited foreign invaders.
"(A)t no point did he suggest that his reform package was intended to lead to a more democratic system of government."