Sunday, November 20, 2011

Syrian president warns of 'dire' consequences for military intervention - 20th Nov 2011

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned that any potential military intervention against his country would lead to "very dire" repercussions and said he is willing to die for his country.

In an interview with The Sunday Times in the United Kingdom, al-Assad said that Syria "will not bow down" despite international threats of economic sanctions over the government's crackdown on protesters.

He said recent attacks on the Syrian army showed he was facing armed fighters, not peaceful demonstrators.

"The conflict will continue, and the pressure to subjugate Syria will continue," he told the newspaper. "Syria will not bow down."

Al-Assad vowed he would personally fight and die to resist foreign forces, according to the Times. He accused the Arab League, which recently suspended Syria's membership, of helping pave the way for western intervention.

"If they are logical, rational and realistic, they shouldn't do it because the repercussions are very dire," he said. "Military intervention will destabilize the region as a whole, and all countries will be affected. Read More