Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Syria's Assad - The Ghost of Ghadafi - شبح القذافي

Bashar al-Assad denounces Syria's rebels as 'murderous armed criminals'
الأسد: الثوار من "القاعدة"، الإرهابيون الأجانب، المسلحون المجرمون

A defiant President Bashar al-Assad offered no compromise to Syria's rebels on Sunday, using his first public speech in six months to rule out any negotiation with an opposition he described as nothing more than "al-Qaeda terrorists" and "murderous armed criminals".

[Source: Daily Telegraph, London, quoting Assad's public speech from January 6, 2013.]

Almost immediately after the speech of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, social networks like Twitter received lots of furious Arabic comments on Assad's still defiant attitude while facing his country gliding into chaos.
The following examples have been chosen from an article published by Al-Arabiya soon after the speech on January 6, 2013.

Another article by Al-Arabiya from January 7 reported the gist of Assad's speech, thereby quoting the Daily Telegraph article and its author Richard Spencer:

The following excerpts have been taken from the Daily Telegraph article, the whole text of which is available on the internet :

Mr Assad was greeted like a conquering hero by an audience at the opera house in Damascus, named after his father. It rose and chanted his name in scenes reminiscent of those arranged in 2011 for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's appearances in the Libyan uprising.
ـ"ديلي تلغراف": خطاب الأسد يشبه آخر ظهور للقذافي

As he finished, he stepped down into the auditorium and was surrounded and lunged at like a pop star. ..........

However, neither Syrian diplomats nor Mr Assad have made reference to the immediate threat to his regime - rebels now hold suburbs of Damascus itself, within a few miles of where Mr Assad was speaking.


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