Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad held a news conference during which he offered no apologies or regrets for the thousands of lives lost during this violent civil war. And, appeared to have no remorse for the thousands of children who have either died, been maimed, or orphaned as a result of this conflict.
Despite the defections from his government, he seems content to allow more conflict and more deaths. His press conference was a disappointment on many fronts. One that he was not going to leave, and two, that he would allow the war to continue with no plans for any sort of peace talks or reconciliation. So, more will die. Even though the press seems more focused on ‘fiscal cliffs’ and ‘debt ceilings’ , there are still little ones dying in a war which they themselves did not create, and, in many cases, in a war which their own parents did not create. For as we should know, every adult is not a participant in this war. Their parents were just in a house, hospital, or market that was suddenly shelled. And, how is it a peace plan when a leader calls upon citizens to “defend the nation”. Defending the nation is his job, and he is doing a poor job of defending what is left.
Assad should look at history, and realize that, his government is no longer a government. He lives in hiding for most of the time. Most Presidents and heads of state are looked upon as a sort of father of the people of his country. No one can look at Assad and feel that way. One can only view him as a cruel and abusive parent, which comes with a perspective towards him that is filled with disgust.
- Assad to speak on Syria conflict (bbc.co.uk)
- Syrian opposition rejects Bashar al-Assad’s offer of ‘national dialogue’ (guardian.co.uk)
- Syria’s Assad announces “peace plan” (worldbulletin.net)
- Defiant Assad pledges to continue fighting (sfgate.com)
- Assad calls on Syrians to defend the country (sfgate.com)