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Syria’s Assad is defiant in rare speech
Washington Post, by Liz Sly

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Posted By:Oblio, 1/6/2013 9:21:27 AM

BEIRUT — In a rare public appearance on Sunday, Syrian President Bashar al Assad pledged to intensify his war against the “terrorists” challenging his rule even as he proposed a package of reforms aimed at ending the bloodshed engulfing Syria. Appearing weary but defiant as he addressed cheering supporters at the Opera House in downtown Damascus, Assad outlined suggestions for what he called a period of “transition”, in which a new government would be formed, a “national pact” would be drafted, and a referendum would be held.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pearson365, 1/6/2013 10:45:27 AM     (No. 9101490)

The article´s last paragraph on the tyrant that Obama, Hillary and Pelosi viewed as the "reformer" could be changed to read:

"Yet although he appeared grayer and thinner than usual, Obama´s resolve was clearly undimmed. ´Under no circumstances will I forfeit my principles. I will not give up my powers, I will defend ObamaCare and I will continue as I always have,´ he said before the audience of reporters erupted in wild applause and chants of support."

This Shiite is about to hit the Sunni fan.


Reply 2 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 1/6/2013 1:56:27 PM     (No. 9101764)

Aw, c´mon - - Assad is just a simple ophthalmologist whose only concern is his patients´ vision.

Of course in the case of his political opponents and Jews that means complete eye removal - - but - - he´s just trying to be himself.


   

 

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