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Al-Assad: Western states will fail if they launch military operation

August 26, 2013, 8:54 UTC+3

Syrian President critisized Western invasion attempts in an interview to a Russian daily

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MOSCOW, August 26 (Itar-Tass) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad believes that the leadership of Western states will not go to the length of a military operation against Syria.

They will not venture, in particular, because everybody “understands that the developments in Syria are not a popular revolution or a demand for reforms. This is terrorism,” the President said in an interview with the Russian Izvestia daily.

“In this situation Western leaders cannot say to their citizens: ‘We are going in Syria to support terrorism,’” Bashar al-Assad said.

“It is not the first time when the issue of a military incursion into Syria is brought up,” he said. “From the very start of the crisis, the United States, France and Great Britain tried to carry out a military invasion, but unfortunately for them things took a different turn,” he added.

“They were trying to convince Russia and China to change their stances in the UN Security Council, but they failed. They failed to convince their nations and the whole world that the policy they pursued in the Middle East was clever and useful,” the President said in the interview.

But if the United States decides to attack Syria or furthermore intrude into the country “they will fail like in all previous wars they have unleashed, from Vietnam to the present day,” he stressed. “America has taken part in a host of wars, but it has never managed to achieve its political goals for the sake of which it unleashed these wars,” Bashar al-Assad said. “It failed to convince its multi-national people of the righteousness of these wars as well as it failed to instill its ideology in other countries,” he added.

The situation in Syria differs from that in Egypt of Tunisia. “One and the same scenario of ‘Arab revolutions’ stopped being convincing,” he noted. “They may begin any war, but they cannot know how long it will continue and how vast territories it will spread to,” he said.

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