Assad Blames Europe For Migrant Crisis

Let the mud-throwing begin!

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview aired Wednesday that his priority is “defeating terrorism” in Syria and urged all political and armed factions in the country to unite in the fight against terrorist groups.

In an interview with Russian media, Assad also said there can be no political solution for his country’s crisis until terrorism is defeated. He singled out the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has captured about a third of Syrian territory along with large swaths of land in neighbouring Iraq, as well as al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, and “some others,” without specifying.

The government in Damascus has long labelled all armed groups fighting Assad’s forces as “terrorists.” Assad made no reference to the extreme violence his forces have used on civilian areas during the country’s civil war, now in its fifth year, repeating only that some mistakes have been made. …

Assad also blamed Europe for the refugee crisis currently hitting the continent, saying it is a direct result of the West’s support of extremists in Syria over the past four years.

  • He has a point.

    • moraywatson

      Now can he get game, set and match? Looks like Putin is going to at least make it a game of doubles. The middle east is a mess. Why should the west crumble with it?

  • What does it say when Russia intervenes and only because Syria is a valued customer?

    That’s the post-modern West for you.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The sounds of stalemate.

  • Brett_McS

    I think Obozo had a finger in that pie, as well.

    • barryjr

      More like his whole hand and Harper is right there as well.

  • Fran800

    A point? He is totally right. There are no moderate democracy-loving rebels that the Americans are funding. They are all branches of one Muslim Brotherhood-clone group or another, tending to morph into one another. The Americans fund their democracy-loving unicorns, only to find the money and weapons in the hands of al-Nusra, or al-Quaeda (but we told they’re the moderate branch of al-Quaeda. ARE WE MAD?
    Of course our insane policies are causing the migrant push It has been noted that about 75% of the “refugees” fleeing are strapping young men of military age, and some have scoffed at their cowardice. Did our young men behave like that when faced with war? No, they fought for their country.
    But who are the Syrian young men supposed to fight for? Most of them don’t seem to be actual terrorists (although I don’t trust Muslims). It’s doubtful that they would want to fight for ISIS, or al-Quaeda, or al-Nusra Front, or the imaginary democracy-loving moderate rebels (if they could find them). But why should they fight for the Syrian Arab Army when the U.S. and the rest of us have the priority to “defeat Assad”. They don’t want to get bombed by some U.S. drone. And if they’re Kurds, our allies the Turks are now bombing them too.
    The bloody fucking nerve of the American State department saying that Assad cannot be part of the solution. There are certain elements in the American State department who are truly truly evil.