Assad warns against foreign intervention in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he does not see the West embarking on a military intervention in Syria and warned that the cost of such action would be unbearable, Russia Today reported on Thursday, citing an interview with him.

“I think that the cost of a foreign invasion of Syria – if it happens – would be bigger than the entire world can bear … This will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific,” he said.

“I do not believe the West is heading in this direction, but if they do, nobody can tell what will happen afterwards,” he said. The remarks were published in Arabic on Russia Today’s web site. Russia Today said the full interview would be broadcast on Friday. It was not clear when Assad gave the interview.

Assad, who is battling to put down a 19-month old uprising against his rule, also said he would “live and die in Syria”, in what appeared to be a rejection of the idea that a safe exit and foreign exile could be one way to end the civil war.

“I am not a puppet and the West did not manufacture me in order that I leave to the West or any other country. I am Syrian, I am Syrian-made, and I must live and die in Syria,” he said.

Russia Today’s web site showed footage of him speaking in the interview and walking down the stairs outside a white villa.

Chicago Tribune, Reuters

  • nagy_michael2

    Good I hope you will die a like a dog in Syria.. Actually dogs are more honorable and loyal than you scumbucket..You and your family have destroy generations of Lebanese, Palestinians and Syrians and God knows how many terrorist acts against many nations. There is nothing good came out of you and your family. I am sure your threats are real and I hope you and your family, hezbollah and Aoun and most of All take the Baasthist and SSNP do a disappearing act so the world can rest in peace. Oh yah take Iranian devils with you.

  • nagy_michael2

    Good I hope you will die a like a dog in Syria.. Actually dogs are more honorable and loyal than you scumbucket..You and your family have destroy generations of Lebanese, Palestinians and Syrians and God knows how many terrorist acts against many nations. There is nothing good came out of you and your family. I am sure your threats are real and I hope you and your family, hezbollah and Aoun and most of All take the Baasthist and SSNP do a disappearing act so the world can rest in peace. Oh yah take Iranian devils with you.

  • 5thDrawer

    It’s been bigger than the ‘entire world’ can bear to watch for a while now … but the ‘entire world’ did not want to flatten the place like Assad has done. His ‘scorched earth’ policy is out of the Russian manuals … but the Russians had Siberia to retreat into. Assad has nowhere to go.

  • 5thDrawer

    It’s been bigger than the ‘entire world’ can bear to watch for a while now … but the ‘entire world’ did not want to flatten the place like Assad has done. His ‘scorched earth’ policy is out of the Russian manuals … but the Russians had Siberia to retreat into. Assad has nowhere to go.

  • rossoferrari

    The Free Syrian Army
    reported on Thursday via their Facebook page “اخبار الكتائب المقاتلة”
    that Abdo Ghazali, son of the top Syrian security official Rustom
    Ghazali was kidnapped on his way back home by the battalion of Aicha
    affiliated with the Southern Front command in Daraa.

  • rossoferrari

    The Free Syrian Army
    reported on Thursday via their Facebook page “اخبار الكتائب المقاتلة”
    that Abdo Ghazali, son of the top Syrian security official Rustom
    Ghazali was kidnapped on his way back home by the battalion of Aicha
    affiliated with the Southern Front command in Daraa.

  • Fauzia45

    He also did not see before!He thought that nothing would happen in Syria!!!

  • Fauzia45

    He also did not see before!He thought that nothing would happen in Syria!!!