Here's something you don't come across every day. Foreign Affairs have done an interview with Assad, It's pretty wide reaching and covers everything from his view of the rebels to his willingness to cooperate with the United States.
One particularly interesting question:
Spoiler:ShowYour country is increasingly divided into three ministates: one controlled by the government, one controlled by ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, and one controlled by the more secular Sunni and Kurdish opposition. How will you ever put Syria back together again?
First of all, this image is not accurate, because you cannot talk about ministates without talking about the people who live within those states. The Syrian people are still with the unity of Syria; they still support the government. The factions you refer to control some areas, but they move from one place to another—they are not stable, and there are no clear lines of separation between different forces. Sometimes they mingle with each other and they move. But the main issue is about the population. The population still supports the state regardless of whether they support it politically or not; I mean they support the state as the representative of the unity of Syria. So as long as you have the Syrian people believing in unity, any government and any official can unify Syria. If the people are divided into two, three, or four groups, no one can unify this country. That’s how we see it.
You might need to make an account to view it but its free to set one up and certainly worth it to view this.
An interview with Assad watch
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- Thread Starter
- 26-01-2015 17:45