CBS’ Charlie Rose sat down with Syrian President Bashar al Assad to ask him some crucial questions pertaining to the use of chemical weapons in Syria as well as the possibility of an American strike. The entire interview will air on PBS tonight at 9 pm (EDT).
Here are a few excerpts from Assad’s answers in this interview:
Assad denies his involvement in the chemical attack on August 21: “We’re not there. Our forces, our police, our institutions don’t exist. How can you talk about what happened if you don’t have evidences? We’re not like the American administration. We’re not social media administration or government. We are the government that deal with reality.”
“The Russians have completely opposite evidence that the missiles were thrown from area where the rebels controlled.”
“This is the war that is going to support Al Qaeda and the same people that kill Americans on the 11 of September…The second thing that we all want to tell to the Congress, that they should ask and that what we expect, we expect them to ask this administration about the evidence that they have regarding the chemical story and the allegations that they presented.”
The most chilling part of the entire interview:
Rose: “Will there be attacks against American bases in Middle East if there is an airstrike?”
Assad: “You should expect everything. Not necessarily from the government. It’s not only—the government are not the only player in this region. You have different parties, you have different factions, you have different ideology. You have everything in this region now. So you have to expect that.”
Rose: “Including chemical warfare?”
Assad: “That depends if the rebels or the terrorists in this region or any other group have it, it could happen I don’t know. I am not fortune teller to tell you what’s going to happen.”
Rose gets more specific, asking if Syrian allies Russia, Iran, or Hezbollah could be expected to respond.
Assad: “It may take different forms, direct and indirect. Direct when people wants to retaliate—or governments. Indirect when we’re going to have instability and the spread of terrorism all over the region that will influence the West directly.”
I don’t know about you, but this interview was less than comforting; not that I expected anything more than what I saw. But there seemed to be a gangster-like vibe to his answers and demeanor throughout this interview. He basically said, “Now, I am not saying we will retaliate, but you better not do it.” I sense a cold subliminal threat in his voice. And whether this is a bluff or not is irrelevant, because his repeated reference to 9/11 was chilling enough without his “expect everything” warning. I may be naive, but from this interview I do not see the practicality in a limited strike being the only American military influence in Syria in the coming days, weeks, and months.
Praying for our president and our representatives in Congress.