9 November 2012
Syria is not in a state of civil war. The crisis is due to terror and support of activists outside the country bent on loosening the country's stability, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russia Today.
"If most of the world and nation are against me, who am I? Am I a superman? I am a human. This is illogical. The issue is not about reconciliation with the people and not even related to the reconciliation between the Syrians. We are not in a state of a civil war. The issue is connected with terrorism and its support from outside the country for loosening the stability in Syria. This is who we are fighting against. "Assad said.
According to the president, the West is constantly creating enemies for itself. Earlier it used to be communism, later Islam became this enemy, then for various reasons Saddam Hussein. Now they want to create a new enemy, Bashar al-Assad. This is why they say the problem is with the president and he has to leave. For this reason we need to focus on the real problem and not waste time on what they say, he said.
"The United States, the West, a number of Arab countries and Turkey- they are all against me. If the Syrian people were also against me, how would I still be here?" Assad said.
According to him, Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that if the Muslim Brotherhood comes to power in the region, particularly in Syria, he can guarantee himself a political future. Another cause of hostility to Damascus is that Erdogan considers himself to be a 'new Ottoman sultan', who will impose his dominance in the region as it was during the Ottoman Empire, but under a new guise. Deep down, he sees himself as a caliph. This is the cause of the metamorphosis of his policy from the principle of 'zero problems with neighbours' to the principle of 'zero friends', Assad said.
"We know that Western intelligence agencies provide information support to the rebels mainly through Turkey and sometimes through Lebanon. However, there are other intelligence regional agencies showing even more activity than the west, but of course, under the control of Western intelligence agencies" Assad stated.
The President also noted that he has also made mistakes leading to the deepening of Syrian crisis. However sometimes, especially in times of crisis, it is impossible to distinguish right from wrong. It can be done only after the crisis passes.
"This is why at present I cannot objectively judge the mistakes, because we are still in a crisis. We can talk about errors and when the crisis will clear up. Probably, there will be mistakes and that's normal, "Assad said.
Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for a year and half.
According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is nearing 30,000. Over 230,000 have become refugees with around three million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say they oppose the well-armed militants.