"Without foreign rebel fighters and smuggled weapons, we could finish everything in weeks."
"Al-Qaeda's final aim is an Islamic emirate in Syria."- Advertisement -
He'll talk with anyone willing to help Syrians. He won't waste time with elements wanting conflict to persist for their own interests.
"We are fighting terrorism. We are implementing our constitution by protecting the Syrian people."
Asked if he'd do anything differently from when protests began last March, he said, "I would do what I did on March 15 (2011)."
"Exactly the same. (He'd) ask different parties to have dialogue and stand against terrorists because that is how it started. It did not start as marches."- Advertisement -
"The umbrella or cover was the marches, but within those marches you had militants who started shooting civilians and the army at the same time."
"Maybe on the tactical level, you could have done something different but as a president you are not tactical. You always take the decision on a strategic level which is something different."
He hopes Syria will emerge from conflict safe, stable, secure, and more prosperous. He knows it won't happen soon. Washington's regime change plans won't change. Achieving them is something else entirely.
A Final Comment
Daily violence rages in Syria. Terror attacks are a way of life. Car bombs and other violence happen regularly. No place is safe.
The longer conflict persists, the more public support grows for Assad. He's the last line of defense for ordinary Syrians. Even those against him rely on security forces for help.
Western-backed foreign mercenaries lack support and credibility. Syrians deplore who they are and what they stand for. They want Syria transformed into a fundamentalist caliphate. They want Sharia replacing secular law.
Syrians want to choose their own form of government. They don't want outsiders doing it for them. Foreign invader control will make Syria ungovernable like Libya. People know what's going on there and want no part of it.
Even The New York Times expressed some rare candor. It admitted that "rebel fighters".are losing crucial support from a public increasingly disgusted by the actions of some rebels, including poorly planned missions, senseless destruction, criminal behavior and the coldblooded killing of prisoners."