Assad ignores demands for him to step down

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday outlined a new peace initiative that includes a national reconciliation conference and a new government and constitution but demanded regional and Western countries stop funding and arming rebels first.

Assad ignored international demands for him to step down and said he is ready to hold a dialogue with those “who have not betrayed Syria.”

Syrian opposition forces, including rebels on the ground, are likely to reject Assad’s proposal. They have repeatedly said they will accept nothing less than the president’s departure, dismissing any kind of settlement that leaves him in the picture.

“We are in a state of war. We are fighting an external aggression that is more dangerous than any others, because they use us to kill each other,” he said.

He stressed the presence of religious extremists and jihadi elements among those fighting in Syria, calling them “terrorists who carry the ideology of al-Qaeda” and “servants who know nothing but the language of slaughter.”

Assad was speaking Sunday in a rare address to the nation, his first since June. He spoke to a packed hall at the Opera House in central Damascus, and the audience frequently often broke out in cheers and applause.

Wearing a suit and tie, the president spoke before a collage of pictures of what appeared to be Syrians who have been killed since March 2011.

The Internet was cut in many parts of Damascus ahead of the address, apparently for security reasons.

As in previous speeches, Assad said his forces were fighting groups of “murderous criminals” and jihadi elements and denied that there was an uprising against his family’s decades-long rule.

He struck a defiant tone, saying Syria will not take dictates from anyone but urged Syrians to unite to save the country.

“The first part of a political solution would require regional powers to stop funding and arming (the rebels), an end to terrorism and controlling the borders,” he said.

He said this would then be followed by dialogue and a national reconciliation conference and the formation of a wide representative government which would then oversee new elections, a new constitution and general amnesty.

However, Assad made clear his offer to hold a dialogue is not open to those whom he considers extremists or carrying out a foreign agenda.

“We never rejected a political solution … but with whom should we talk? With those who have extremist ideology who only understand the language of terrorism?” he said.

“Or should we negotiate with puppets whom the West brought. … We negotiate with the master not with the slave.”

As in previous speeches and interviews, he clung to the view that the crisis in Syria was a foreign-backed agenda and said it was not an uprising against his rule.

“Is this a revolution and are these revolutionaries? By God I say they are a bunch of criminals,” he said.

Huffington Post

  • nagy_michael2

    Look at the eyes of Lucifer he is turning into Nassrallah.. he wasted his breath on this speech for nothing..and whom were you and your father fighting in Lebanon and killing for 30 years? We were terrorists to you too you bastard. The man must have gotten some new fresh Hizzy men and more iranian brigades. why not he will sacrifices Syria at the Last Nassrallah man to keep his powers. How do our Shiites parents feel about their sons being used in Syria? what this Jihadists cause for? there is Israel here to use as another execuse..i feel sad for those parents because once they’re sons joined Hezbollah probably cannot get out..what a pity..

    • Moe28

      True Arabs don’t sells there souls to the devil and outside forces, Like Takfiri’s and Zionists supporters.

      • nagy_michael2

        True arabs do not sell either to Iranians who hate the arab and took over their oil fields.. True arabs only support arabs against other invaders.. Iranians are not arabs and they will never like us.. there is no difference between Takfiris to me and iranian mullahs they all want us Christians to be their second class citizen and subject us to islamic rules.

        • Moe28

          Yea bud, You are a Zionist cheerleader.

  • nagy_michael2

    Look at the eyes of Lucifer he is turning into Nassrallah.. he wasted his breath on this speech for nothing..and whom were you and your father fighting in Lebanon and killing for 30 years? We were terrorists to you too you bastard. The man must have gotten some new fresh Hizzy men and more iranian brigades. why not he will sacrifices Syria at the Last Nassrallah man to keep his powers. How do our Shiites parents feel about their sons being used in Syria? what this Jihadists cause for? there is Israel here to use as another execuse..i feel sad for those parents because once they’re sons joined Hezbollah probably cannot get out..what a pity..

    • Moe28

      True Arabs don’t sells there souls to the devil and outside forces, Like Takfiri’s and Zionists supporters.

      • nagy_michael2

        True arabs do not sell either to Iranians who hate the arab and took over their oil fields.. True arabs only support arabs against other invaders.. Iranians are not arabs and they will never like us.. there is no difference between Takfiris to me and iranian mullahs they all want us Christians to be their second class citizen and subject us to islamic rules.

        • Moe28

           You bud, Are a Zionist cheerleader.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OBUCXIYGC4KK6TD4VJKRHHQWXY Sami

    Assad wants all outside interference. OK!!! kick Huzballah and Iran out who are working for you… Your speech reminds me of Ghaddafi… (all my people lvoe me and these are outside terrorist… same shit different place and day.. Maybe soon you will be in conference with him………….. IN HELL. 

    • nagy_michael2

      yah he is tough now because he is got 13 russian warships protecting him let alone Iranian army and hezbollah. every M8 complains about gulf and western interference on behalf of FSA. if they are fully supporting them like Russia and Iran and hezbollah supporting him, he would been defeated by now.

      • Moe28

         The Gulf Zionist GCC Takfiri’s are going to get what’s coming for them. They scream every day about people meddling in there affairs, But look what they are doing in Syria. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Iranian and Iraqi army are at Riyadh’s door step this year.

        • nagy_michael2

          No worries Moe it seems when russians and Later the Chinese invade the middle east under the embrella of protecting their friends. The whole world is going to ignite. However I have bad news for you. It has been predicted that the russian army will be charcoaled by the israelis then..

        • Moe28

          @nagy_michael2:disqus That’s the Zionist theory, Not Islam, Russia has more Chemical and Nuclear weapons then anyone on the face of this planet.

          One, Iskander Missiles destroy Patriot air defense
          Two Boluva Missile can hit 10 nuclear warheads on 10 different city’s with only one Missile
           
          Israel will see a army so vast it will make any nation on planet crap its panties
          Europe will be out of this quick no gas no oil no fight.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OBUCXIYGC4KK6TD4VJKRHHQWXY Sami

    Assad wants all outside interference. OK!!! kick Huzballah and Iran out who are working for you… Your speech reminds me of Ghaddafi… (all my people lvoe me and these are outside terrorist… same shit different place and day.. Maybe soon you will be in conference with him………….. IN HELL. 

    • nagy_michael2

      yah he is tough now because he is got 13 russian warships protecting him let alone Iranian army and hezbollah. every M8 complains about gulf and western interference on behalf of FSA. if they are fully supporting them like Russia and Iran and hezbollah supporting him, he would been defeated by now.

      • Moe28

         The Gulf Zionist GCC Takfiri’s are going to get what’s coming for them. They scream every day about people meddling in there affairs, But look what they are doing in Syria. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Iranian and Iraqi army are at Riyadh’s door step this year.

        • nagy_michael2

          No worries Moe it seems when russians and Later the Chinese invade the middle east under the embrella of protecting their friends. The whole world is going to ignite. However I have bad news for you. It has been predicted that the russian army will be charcoaled by the israelis then..

        • Moe28

           @nagy_michael2:disqus That’s the Zionist theory, Not Islam Russia has more Chemical and Nuclear weapons then anyone on the face of this planet.

          One, Iskander Missiles destroy Patriot air defense
          Two Boluva Missile can hit 10 nuclear warheads on 10 different city’s with only one Missile
           
          Israel will see a army so vast it will make any nation on planet crap its panties
          Europe will be out of this quick no gas no oil no fight.

  • Fauzia45

    He has ignored all demands since the beginning!!!

  • Fauzia45

    He has ignored all demands since the beginning!!!

  • Btru2u

    Assad and his family were the original puppets of the west, instated by France after the destruction of the caliphate….. His words are hypocrital, and his lust to remain in power has no boundaries. History has recorded the brutal torture and killing of any one who even speaks out against Asshead. There is No regrets from the rebels, as the Quran states that death is better than oppression and the sacrifices made will not be in vain, inshallah .

  • Btru2u

    Assad and his family were the original puppets of the west, instated by France after the destruction of the caliphate….. His words are hypocrital, and his lust to remain in power has no boundaries. History has recorded the brutal torture and killing of any one who even speaks out against Asshead. There is No regrets from the rebels, as the Quran states that death is better than oppression and the sacrifices made will not be in vain, inshallah .

  • Hannibal

    Somebody transplanted the dead Qaddafi eyes on Assad’s face using photoshop… How refreshing!

  • Hannibal

    Somebody transplanted the dead Qaddafi eyes on Assad’s face using photoshop… How refreshing!