‘Crying’ West at root of Europe migrant crisis: Assad

220px-Bashar_al-Assad_(cropped)Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the West is “crying” for refugees flooding into Europe but its support for “terrorists” in his country lies at the roots of the crisis.

In an interview with Russian media, Assad also said it was natural for Iran to have stepped up its decades-old military and economic support for Damascus at a time of war.

“Those refugees left Syria because of the terrorism, mainly because of the terrorists and because of the killing, and second because of the results of terrorism,” said the embattled leader.

“When you have terrorism, and you have the destruction of the infrastructure, you won’t have the basic needs of living,” Assad said, according to a transcript made available on Wednesday.

“So, the West is crying for them, and the West is supporting terrorists since the beginning of the crisis when it said that this was a peaceful uprising,” said Assad.

“If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists … This is the core of the whole issue of refugees.”

Syria’s government labels all those involved in the anti-Assad uprising and ensuing civil war as “terrorists”, including Western-backed rebels.

Assad told the media outlets from Russia, a major ally, that Tehran’s support was also essential for his regime in Syria’s conflict, which has cost more than 240,000 lives since 2011.

“Iran supports Syria and the Syrian people. It stands with the Syrian state politically, economically and militarily,” he said.

“When we say militarily, it doesn’t mean — as claimed by some in the Western media — that Iran has sent an army or armed forces to Syria. That is not true,” said Assad.

“It sends us military equipment, and of course there is an exchange of military experts between Syria and Iran,” he said.

“This has always been the case, and it is natural for this cooperation to grow between the two countries in a state of war.”

With strong ties which date back “three and a half decades”, Iran’s support is now “essential in this difficult and ferocious war”, he said.

Syria was the only Arab state to side with the Islamic republic during its 1980-1988 war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

Iranian media run regular reports on fighters killed in the Syrian conflict described as volunteers helping to defend Shiite holy sites in the country.

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  • bobo

    That’s exactly what I’ve been telling people. They are all allies of the US, which is so far away for the people that have been displaced due to its tendency of destroying other peaceful countries, such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, etc. With this present crisis, I hope they think twice before arming insurgents fighting against legitimate governments.

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      You have a good point. But what should a people desiring real democratic foundations in governance do when saddled with an outdated style of governance such as that in Syria where father hands over power to son under an entrenched system that encourages poverty through nepotism, corruption and impunity?

      What Nigeria practiced since 1960 was not very different. A class of reactionary rulers had forced itself upon Nigerians and had held sway by using the stolen wealth of the people and the agents of coercion at its disposal to whip Nigerians into line and impose their own electoral verdicts whenever elections are held. That we got Change with very little bloodshed did not mean we were smarter, more aware or more educated than the Syrians. God was simply in control. Ours could have been worse. Imagine 30 million displaced Nigerians marching through the West African subregion in search of a home…

  • Ojiyovwi

    Without reading this article with Assaad, any casual observer will not fail to know that the so called West hailed the Arab Spring and set about encouraging insurrection in every state whose citizens were gullible enough to think that the best action was to distabilize their nation. Now, only those with the means are fleeing from the chaos and hellfire of their own making. DO NOT MESS ON THE PATh YOU TOOK TO YOUR FARM. IF YOU IINDULGE IN RAIN DANCE, THE RAIN WILL NOT SPARE YOUR HOUSE. As for the so called West, they have to learn that they cannot go about honey searching without risking a bee sting. The picture of Western leaders queuing to stand on a podium declaring that the Libyans have their country librated looks now to be a grave mistake and carricature. Gaddaffi was good for most of his people except those who just wanted him out for favour with the ‘West’. – uncle Toms

  • Ojiyovwi

    Arab Spring. It’s sure not a spring but a scene of human misery. My heart goes out for the poor and the golible women and their pitiful children in their endless suffering and kamikasi swimming and walking in the seas and fields of Europe..

  • Ojiyovwi

    Oh ye uncle Toms. Know that when the storms of war are raging in your own land bcause you listened too trustfully to you masters, you seek to run for sanctury in you master’s home who will promtly slam the door firmly on your face even as you and your poor children are drowning in their moats. Libya, Iraq nd Syria were deloped countries. Not any more and these refugees as well as the consequent economic migrants can only dream of an Arab Spring that have formed seas of misery and death.