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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bashar al-Assad: 'not even monsters' would carry out Syria Houla massacre

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria denied that his regime had anything to do with the recent Houla massacre, saying that "not even monsters" would carry out such an "ugly crime".

In his first speech to the Syrian parliament since January, Mr Assad instead blamed an imperialist foreign plot to foment unrest and terrorism in the country.

"What happened in Houla and elsewhere (in Syria) are brutal massacres which even monsters would not have carried out," he said in the televised address. "If we don't feel the pain that squeezes our hearts, as I felt it, for the cruel scenes – especially the children – then we are not human beings,"

The popular efforts to oust the Syrian president that now consume the country are not a "political problem" he said, but a "project to destroy the country".

"The issue is terrorism. We are facing a real war waged from the outside," he added. Read More