Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the US resembles the Nazis in their current policy, in an interview with RIA Novosti and the TV channel Russia 24, on November 14th.
In the interview, Assad further spoke of how Damascus views the Russian-Turkish memorandum on the situation in the north of the country and how these agreements are being implemented.
He further spoke about how the Syrian authorities are in dialogue with the Kurds and who is standing in the way of this, what is being done to return refugees to the country and how to return the Kurdish population to normal peaceful life in Syria.
Assad also shared his opinion on why the US is stealing Syrian oil, what Damascus will do in this regard.
Finally, he spoke of who could benefit from the death of one of the founders of the White Helmets organization, James Le Mesurier.
First off, he began by saying that regarding the recent Turkish-Russian agreements, Damascus put very little faith in Turkey. According to him, Ankara didn’t adhere to any of its obligations under the Astana and other formats, rather there was a lot of confidence in the beneficial influence of Russia’s participation in the issue.
Because, according to him the situation could develop into three possible scenarios if Russia hadn’t been involved:
- The first is the Turkish plans and agenda, formed on the basis of the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood Association and Ottoman ideological thought;
- The second is an American project related to the Turkish invasion in order to complicate the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic and to delay the achievement of a solution that was close to actually happening;
- The third is the initiative put forward by Germany to internationalize the region to ensure international security there.
All of these, according to Assad were dictated by the US leadership and Russia’s positive influence can be seen in impeding the implementation of any such scenario.
Furthermore, Assad elaborated more on why specifically Russia assists Syria:
“Russia is a great power, which has its obligations and faces important tasks in the international arena. It carries them out in the interests of the whole world, as well as her people. There is no other alternative before Russia, other than to play the role of a great state or confine itself to the role of a very mediocre country.
The latter is not in the interest of peace. Based on this, Russia’s military presence in Syria is aimed primarily at maintaining a balance in the world, since today’s world does not live in accordance with legal criteria, but obeys the principle of force. That is why Russian military influence is necessary to maintain a balance in the world. This is on the one hand.
On the other hand, the need to fight terrorism, which has two aspects. The first is the moral side of the issue, including the legal aspect in the form of international law, since terrorism is supported by well-known states. Another aspect is the need to protect the interests of Russia. This terrorism has no borders, including political ones.”
And a separate aspect is that Russia is forced to occupy a position that is absolutely opposite to the West, because the Western establishment believed that international law serves its interests, according to the Syrian President.
Regarding, Turkey’s much-advertised plan to return 3 million Syrian refugees to the country, Assad said that it should be taken with a grain of salt, the size of the moon, since it was all an illusion.
Since that would mean returning Syrian people to locations in which they haven’t lived before and there are already indigenous people living there and that would in itself create conflicts throughout.
A second option, proposed by Assad is that Turkey aimed to return terrorists that operated in Syria earlier.
“The main goal of the Turks is to bring to these lands terrorists who acted on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic and were defeated, together with their families so that they form a new radicalized society in accordance with the vision adhered to by the Turkish regime of Erdogan. This is its real purpose. In any case, both options are very dangerous and aimed at destabilizing Syria, so we categorically reject this.”
Assad further elaborated on the situation in the former ISIS caliphate and what role the US played in it, much to the benefit of the Kurdish population and the Kurdish forces and the misrepresentation of the population in those areas, where the Syrian Democratic Forces operated.
“I want to clarify a little, because ISIS appeared by the will of the United States and acted under the cover of the United States. We are convinced, and we have evidence, that America controlled ISIS directly as a military tool to strike at the Syrian army in order to divert forces that are fighting terrorism, especially Syrian forces.
Speaking of Kurdish forces, it is necessary to clarify the picture. There is a negative use of this formulation, it is used by the West to create the impression that the forces that are there are Kurdish forces and that this area is a Kurdish region.
First of all, I want to clarify that these areas in the north and northeast of Syria, they are mostly Arab. Over 70% of the population there are Arabs, and not vice versa. And even the units that fight there are made up of Kurds and representatives of other nationalities.
But the Americans supported the Kurdish units and made the Kurds commanders, so that it seems that these areas are Kurdish.
To drive a wedge between the Kurds and other groups in Syria.
We remained in contact throughout the war with these groups, despite our knowledge that some were being used and directed by the Americans; they were armed and funded by the Americans and their public statements were dictated by them.”
The president added that the predominantly-Kurdish groups in northern Syria have officially told Damascus they are not ready to join the government’s army, but would like to keep their weapons. The Syrian government is attempting to persuade them to give up their weapons and join the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army.
He further said that the Kurds have been living in Syria for decades without any issues and that the issues in northern Syria were predominantly caused by an external influence.
“The same groups that receive US support say that the situation has changed after the war. Of course, the situation has changed, this is natural. Any war changes a lot in society. But war is not a reason to divide the country and does not give the right to separatism, the destruction of the constitution and the weakening of the state. War should make our homeland stronger, not weaker. We strongly disagree with the separation under any circumstances.”
Furthermore, Assad elaborated that glorifying only the Kurds in the fight against terror was wrong, since many of the citizens of Syria had to pick up weapons and fight for their villages and cities and protect their families and singling out a specific ethnicity was wrong to begin with.
“When a person feels a threat to his existence, he needs to defend himself, this is obvious. I do not put this defense of the country in the political framework. If I do this, it is tantamount to handing the United States a diploma for good behavior, for supporting the forces that fought against ISIS, and thus the United States really is fighting terrorism. And we all know, and have already spoken about this in Syria, and in Russia, and in other countries that the USA supported ISIS.”
About the return of refugees, jobs for them and normality in everyday life, Bashar al-Assad said that great effort was being exercised, but the pace was slow, much slower than the government and people would like it to be, but there was no other way.
He furthermore spoke of rehabilitating fighters who have given up their weapons and would simply like to return to normal life. He primarily spoke of rehabilitating children, and having them go to school and learning that living outside of the law and following a radical belief is not the proper way.
“There is another point – this is religious extremism, which has been promoted and invested in the minds of communities for several years, where the ideology of al-Qaeda and Salafists reigned under the signs of ISIS, Jebhat al-Nusra and Jaysh Tahrir Al-Sham, Jaysh al- Islam – different names.
It does not matter. The bottom line is one.
In Syria, religious institutions play a very important role in this matter. Before we start talking with them about the basics of patriotism and humanity, they must understand that the religious ideas that were embedded in their minds are distorted ideas that contradict true faith.”
When it comes to Kurdish children, Assad said that mechanisms were being established to allow children to join the Syrian education system and have equal opportunities with everybody else in the country.
When it came to the US presence in the country, Assad said that it was permitted because it has some agents in the local population, but it is possible that if its prolonged too long it would lead to a rise of military resistance, similar to what is happening in Iraq.
In regard to the US occupying Syria’s oilfields, he said that this equaled nothing more than common banditry.
“Not only because they steal oil, but because the United States is a state built as a political regime on bandit groups. The American president does not represent the state, he is only the CEO of the company, the CEO sits at the board of directors, the board, in turn, represents large American companies that are the real owners of the state: these are oil companies, arms manufacturers, banks and other lobbies.”
He reminded that one of the main reasons Hitler attacked the Soviet Union during World War Two was oil.
“Today, the United States does the same, imitating the Nazis, and, more simply, we can liken today’s American politics to the policies of the Nazis: expansion, conquest, undermining the interests of other peoples, violating international law, humanitarian foundations and so on, and all this only for the sake of oil. What is the difference between this policy and Nazi methods? Will one of the elements of the American system be able to answer this question? I think no.”
Whether Syria would raise the question at the UN regarding Syrian oil, Bashar al-Assad said that it was possible, but it would not lead to anything since according to him, and his opinion was shared by many is that the UN “doesn’t exist,” since there is no such thing as “international law.”
“All complaints filed with the UN are on the shelves, as this is a semi-state controlled by gangs based on the principle of force. As we said earlier, they are a bunch of thieves, and the conflict between them is a struggle for profit, gain and loss.”
According to him, the world currently is closer to the one before World War Two and not after it, so the rule of force is the important factor and that complaints to the UN wouldn’t lead to anything, but they would be deposited regardless.
Moving on to James Le Mesurier’s death, Assad said that a longer elaboration was needed, even mentioning the death of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his “suicide” in his prison cell, because he knew important information regarding some important figures in the US and Great Britain.
He reminded that one of the key members of the White Helmets was in Germany and he, also, died in prison. He also allegedly committed suicide.
Finally, Le Mesurier also died, and he worked with NATO in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq and Lebanon his entire life, as part of MI6.
And the question is how was Le Mesurier connected to humanitarian activities, when he has never taken part in such an endeavor before Syria.
In Assad’s opinion all three of the above-mentioned, in addition to bin Laden and al-Baghdadi were killed because they knew a lot of very important secrets that needed to remain hidden.
“They became a burden after fulfilling their roles. After they played their part, there was an urgent need to get rid of them.”
Finally, the interviewer asked if whether protests in Iraq, Lebanon and even in Jordan in recent months were similar to what took place in Syria in 2011, which Assad denied.
“In Syria, the following happened: groups of people – and this is confirmed – were paid money for going to the processions, and there was a small part of the people who went to these demonstrations, as they had a goal to change something. However, in general, the situation was not the same, the killings began from the first days, shots. This means that the demonstrations were not spontaneous.”
And if the protests in the surrounding country are really sincere and to fix the economic and social situation, then they need to remain national and shouldn’t be meddled in by the US, or any other country in that matter, Assad added.
The most important thing is that the situation remains within the national framework, in which case it will be positive, as it expresses the desire of the people in these countries.
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