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Why I Support President Bashar Al-Assad

Updated on September 17, 2013

You all may wonder why I support Bashar Al-Assad and when I say the word support, I say it very carefully as I don’t support him in general, but only in this war against jihadist terrorists who are trying to overtake a sovereign secular country and turn it into another religious extremist Arab mess. Do I support his politics, or even his policies? Not really. You may be thinking, hold on, is she crazy? Why is she supporting this ruthless dictator? To be honest until recently I didn’t care very much for him and I intentionally turned a blind eye on what was happening in Syria as it was too depressing. I also have a general rule against filling the brain with trash by watching the News or reading Newspapers. At the same time my conscience kept nagging at me, how could I be so purposefully oblivious to the suffering of dying children? So recently I read my first newspaper article about the situation, looked at my first youtube video and of course turned on the news to the only channels available on my television set, BBC and Al-Jazeera. At first I went with it and believed that Bashar Al-Assad is a ruthless tyrant, a man who is actually gassing his own people. But at the same time there was a voice inside my head, that something wasn’t right, the US was talking about striking on Syria, then I thought why? Where was the US when Israel used poison gas in Gaza? Where was the US when they used poison gas in Fallujah? They were actually right there dropping the poison gas on Iraqi civilians. So it became obvious to me that this was history repeating itself. Did we not learn anything when they lied to us and invaded Afghanistan? Did we not learn anything when they caused the worst humanitarian disaster in Iraq? And what about just recently in Libya? Did those countries not end up worse off and in more chaos than previously? So I began to wonder, why does the US pick and choose to play heroes of the world when, where and how it suits them? It was obvious that they had an ulterior motive. And then through both my obsession on the matter and extensive research I began to unravel another side which may have been obvious to a minority of westerners throughout this whole Syrian conflict. Bashar Al-Assad could in fact be innocent of all allegations the US had accused him of. This man was a threat to American interest and the only leader in the Middle East that is standing up to them. And the more I dug, the more evidence I gathered that this man who has been painted by the western propaganda machine as a tyrant, this man who is the number one enemy to America at the moment, is in actual fact a hero to his people. Why is it then that NATO found out that 72% of his people support him and would vote for him if there was an election? Why has the US government failed to mention that Bashar has stated a hundred times in many interviews that he is fighting against an invasion on Syria by various terrorist groups funded by the US, Quatar and Saudi? Why have they failed to show the world that the victims of terrorist attacks in Syria swear their alliance to their president? Why have they failed to show the world that the millions marching in support of their president? Why were they so quick to point the finger at the Assad government using poison gas against it’s own people without factual evidence first? Why were they so quick to want to strike at Syria, without actual evidence of who staged these poison gas attacks? Why have they also failed to show the world that Assad is there after every terrorist attack embracing the families of the victims? I mean we don’t have to believe them! But at least show us the other side, we are intelligent adults who are able to make our own decisions and assumptions. It then became clear, propaganda is a powerful tool which can brainwash people into supporting an evil war with only a political agenda rather than a humanitarian one. It also became quite clear that Bashar Al-Assad is fighting against terrorism and protecting a secular sovereign state which has equality and diversity of religion and gender. Unlike many politicians in the East, who are like whores changing political parties and allies based on the largest numbers with a dollar sign, Assad is one of very few politicians who has integrity and seems congruent with his words.

Terrorist rebels
Terrorist rebels

I support President Bashar Al-Assad’s fight against terrorism

So who is the Syrian president actually fighting? Some of you may not know that Syria is a secular state, where religion is separate from the government. Muslims and Christians have coexisted peacefully, and unlike many other Arab countries there are churches everywhere. In an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia, Assad stressed that “The majority of those we are fighting are Takfiris, who adopt the al-Qaeda doctrine, in addition to a small number of outlaws.” And then went on to say, “We are fighting terrorists infiltrating particular regions, towns or peripheral city areas. They wreak havoc, vandalize, destroy infrastructure and kill innocent civilians simply because they denounce them.” …... He then went on to speak about the major influence of the Saudi Wahabi ideologies and purse strings. “Ideologically, these countries mobilize them through direct or indirect means as extremist tools. If they declare that Muslims must pursue Jihad in Syria, thousands of fighters will respond. Financially, those who finance and arm such groups can instruct them to carry out acts of terrorism and spread anarchy. The influence over them is synergized when a country such as Saudi Arabia directs them through both the Wahabi ideology and their financial means.”

So the mainstream media has in fact told us that the Assad government is fighting the FSA, the Free Syrian Army. We have also been told that the FSA are in fact the martyrs in all this and are fighting a revolution to free the people of the ruthless Assad regime. But in actual fact the FSA did exist once upon a time at the beginning of the protests in March 2011, but now have been contaminated and hijacked by foreign terrorists, who are misleading the world that they are in a revolution. So in conclusion, the FSA are now groups of terrorists who are supported by no other than the US and funded by Saudi and Qatar. The fighters include Saudis, Qataris, Yemenis, Turks, some Syrians. These are a bunch of extremist jihadists with dangerous Wahabi ideologies, and will use whoever they can, even if it’s their so called enemies America, and Israel. Their main objective is to bring down the Assad regime and will do anything to destroy it. There has been reports of them destroying mosques, churches, murdering educators, blowing up over 1000 educational institutes, executing innocent civilians, rape, theft, vandalizing, looting, kidnappings and in many circumstances using harsh death penalties that conspire with Sharia law.

“At the end of 2011, around 30 educators/intellects were killed after risking their lives to educate our children. The number of schools that were burned by terrorists was close to a thousand schools. Can there be a revolution against education? Can there be a revolution against Syrian unity? Is it possible for a revolution against it’s citizens? They block passages to get cooking oil so the citizens can starve to death. They block the passage of gas and diesel so the citizens can die from the cold. They block the passage of medicine so people can die of illnesses? They stop people from going to work. They burn factories, both public and private to leave people unemployed. That is not a revolution. Can a revolution work for the benefit of the enemy? A revolution and a traitor? That’s not possible. If we truly have revolutionaries than me, you and everyone else will follow them.” Bashar Al Assad

I support the right to factual Information

Wake up world! Once again mainstream media has got you hypnotized by their propaganda. And the west has succeeded again, painting another perfect picture of a ruthless tyrant dictator. I will be the first to admit sometimes they had been right, as there have been tyrants such as Saddam Hussein who makes Bashar Al-Assad look like a saint. As well, have we not learned enough from history to know that propaganda is the most powerful tool used on the gullible and the intelligent. Propaganda is a tactic that political leaders have been using for years in order to meet their objectives. Propaganda fabricates truth, creates false rumors, and deceives the masses. Propaganda plays with people’s emotions. It makes you feel sadness by filling your television screens with images of dead children. It makes you feel fear that if you don’t do something, it could be you next. It makes you feel guilty, that you are sitting on your cozy sofa watching this tragedy from afar. Many times propaganda uses false images, footage and stories. World leaders make touching emotional speeches about victims of war, when in fact they just want to throw some more bombs and create more victims. I mean look how powerful propaganda was in Nazi Germany. Hitler had his own minister of propaganda Goebbels. His propaganda campaigns were based on fear, fear that the Jews will take over the country. The whole country was led to believe that the majority the Aryan race was superior and contaminating it with an inferior race would cost them dearly. This propaganda campaign brainwashed a nation that a whole society turned a blind eye and many contributed in one of the most inhuman genocides in history against their own German Jewish citizens.

So we have already established that The US’s best interest is the instability of Syria, a country who is a threat to both American and Israeli interest. It is also obvious that once the US can dominate most of the foreign powers in the Middle East, it can then have ultimate power and have access to their resources. We have seen this again and again in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. All these wars did not turn out to be a noble cause and left these countries in worse conditions than they initially were. We have also established that the rebels are a dangerous bunch of extremists who are trying to gain control of the middle East and are funded by Saudi and Qatar. They will do anything to bring this regime down and are using their so called loathed enemies America and Israel to meet their own political objectives. And In the meantime we the innocent civilians have to suffer as we watch these two groups destroy the world.

Now what lies have we been fed?

Ruthless Tyrant who killed protestors

When the Syrian protest began in March 2011, some Army officers did act independently and shoot against protestors. What the media failed to emphasize was that President Assad fired all those responsible. He then went out to the public, universities, schools, hospitals asking the people what they wanted. All their demands were met. What type of ruthless tyrant would do that?

Prof David Lesch professor of Middle East History from Trinity University, who in actual fact challenges many of president Al-Assad’s policies and knew him quite well stated the following in his interview with The Atlantic Wire “Well, I never met Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qaddafi, but I know people who have met all three. And they agree with me: Bashar was different. He seemed relatively normal, whereas when you meet with Saddam or Qaddafi, you almost immediately sense that there's something off with them. But with Bashar you never got that sense.”

False footage, photos and Actors

Fake footage? Paying people to play wounded or dead? Turning pro Assad supporter footage into anti Assad protests? Yes the media has become a dirty business to work in. Competitive and its survival is based on selling news that is shocking, and of course pleasing the governments/corporations/tycoons who are funding it. What is more shocking, a ruthless dictator turned psychopath who is gassing his own people? Or a leader who is defending his country against foreign terrorism? What works in the media’s favor? If world war broke out and Syria got bombed by the US? Or that the Syrian conflict was over as soon as possible and the country was left in peace?

Okay so let me fill you in on the dirty trick that the mainstream media has been playing on you. Footage taken of thousands of protestors in support of their president and their disdain at Al-Jazeera propaganda was manipulated by the western media and later shown to the world as protestors who were marching against their president. There was even confessions of people who got paid to leak misleading pictures and video footage in Syria to the media. If the media showed you what was really happening they may have shown you video footage of a women shouting at the cameras in anger at the misinformation the world is being told “We all support Bashar and are all the students of Bashar and I just want to tell the tv chanels who are filming in a misleading way to come and film us who are supporting him!” President Bashar himself said that in the beginning of the conflict he let the media into Syria, however they used the footage and propagandized it to suit American and Saudi interest and painted the rebels as the good guys. So he had to restrict media access of who was coming in and out. Apparently one example of this was the Qatari news station Al-Jazeera making fake films. In these films they were claiming that government forces were killing innocent people. This news Channel which is knows for misleading the public time and time again was paying people to play dead and wounded. They kept on repeatedly using the same people playing dead one day and walking down the street the next. By this stage some TV stations from around the world, had discovered the fake films and apologized to Syria. But it was too late, the films kept being sent around the world. The propaganda machine had now done the damage, it fooled the world and brain washed. As well, 22 members of staff who were displeased with the biased and dishonest coverage of Al-Jazeera announced their resignation on 8 July 2013.

Now moving on to the BBC news, in 2012 it was facing worldwide criticism after using a photo taken in Iraq in 2003 by photographer Marco di Lauro of a child jumping over masses of white body bags. What the BBC painted to the world was that these body bags were of children massacred by the Assad regime in Houla 2012. This photograph left a huge impact on many people that I still see it appearing on my facebook newsfeed with comments such as “Death to Assad” The original photographer Marco Di Lauro told the telegraph “What is amazing it’s that a news organization has a picture proving a massacre that happened yesterday in Syria and instead it’s a picture that was taken in 2003 of a totally different massacre. Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose.”

The only thing I can ask is, if a well known broadcasting cooperation such as the BBC has been caught using a false photo, how many other false information and photos have they got away with?

Photo that was taken in 2003 Iraq, was used by BBC to portray the Houla massacre in 2012
Photo that was taken in 2003 Iraq, was used by BBC to portray the Houla massacre in 2012

Did President Bashar Al-Assad use poison gas against his own people?

So this is what was fishy about this whole situation, the US wants to stage a huge attack that could result in world war III without having a shred of evidence of who was responsible for the poison gas attacks.

However there was much evidence pointing away from the Assad government and towards the rebels. On 26th of January of this year Cyber war news reported that a Malaysian hacker discovered an email exchange between two senior officials. British-based contractor Britam, a British Defense contractor was approached by Qatar at the request of Washington to frame the Assad government with the chemical attacks. Three days later on January 29th British newspaper the ‘The Daily Mail’ ran the article titled ‘U.S Backed Plan To Launch Chemical Attack on Syria And Blame it on The Assad Regime’ and this article was immediately removed from both circulation and the newspapers and archives.

Investigative journalist Michel Collon spoke to RT news several days after the 2013 poison attack in Syria, “I don’t think there will be an investigation from the western side, because actually they don’t look for the truth, they just look for pretext just to overthrow Assad and to take control of Syria. This is really a strategic call, after Syria they will try to get control of Palestinians, Lebanon, Iran and all this actually is part of the general strategy to take control of Russia, against Asia against Russia and china, so they don’t want an investigation they don’t want the truth they just want a pretext.”

As well UN investigations in 2012 have pointed away from the Assad government and towards the US backed rebels.

"According to the testimonies we have gathered, the rebels have used chemical weapons, making use of sarin gas” Carla del Ponte former war crimes prosecutor, who was the leading UN investigator in this case confirmed in an interview to a Swiss radio station in 2012. On top of all that, there were reports of an arrest that was made on the Turkish- Syrian border, where a group of rebels were caught with 2kg of sarin nerve gas. Furthermore just recently foreign policy magazine reported of an intercepted phone conversation by Mossad which was passed onto the U.S government. In this conversation the Syrian minister of defense was in panic demanding answers from the leader of a chemical weapons unit, in regards to the poison gas attacks that killed over 1000 people in August 2013. So let us say that the Assad Government ordered the attack, does it make sense that they would make such phone calls demanding answers? Why is the media and the US government hiding this from us and feeding us misinformation? Is it in order to stage a war, just like they did in Iraq. You remember, the war that was sold to the world on lies of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and destroyed the lives of over 100,000 thousand people and continues to do so. This is the power of propaganda, first you sell it to the world, then you have the key to destroy it as you choose.

And if you are interested this is President Assad’s view when asked by Russian newspaper Izvestia about the chemical attacks. An interview you will never see inside a mainstream newspaper.

“As for the UN Commission, we were the first to request a UN investigation when terrorists launched rockets that carried toxic gas in the outskirts of Aleppo. Several months before the attack, American and Western statements were already preparing public opinion of the potential use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. This raised our suspicion that they were aware of the terrorists’ intentions to use these weapons in order to blame the Syrian government…..“For the sake of argument, if the army had such weapons and decided to use them, is it conceivable that it would use them in areas where its own troops are deployed? Where is the logic in that? Additionally is it really plausible that the use of these weapons in a heavily populated area in the suburbs of the capital did not kill tens of thousands; these substances travel in the air.” Bashar Al-Assad

Now aside from much evidence pointing away from the Assad government in the use of poison gas, let us use our logic for a moment. What motives would the Assad government have to use chemical weapons on their own people who mostly support them? What motives do you think the foreign rebels may have? And what motives do you think the US may have?

Mosques and churches standing side by side in the Soulimanya neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria.  (photo: Spencer Osberg)
Mosques and churches standing side by side in the Soulimanya neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

I support Christian Arabs

As a Christian Arab myself, without Bashar Al-Assad I fear for my fellow Christian brothers and sisters in Syria, two and a half million of them who have always co existed in this land alongside Muslims. Since Syria is a secular state, “freedom of religion is guaranteed and the state respect all religions (Article 35/1) the state guarantees the freedom of worship and religious processing provided it does not violate the public order” Christians have had the freedom to practice their religion freely, build churches, have monasteries with priests and nuns. They have the liberty to celebrate religious holidays and practice their religion in their hundreds of churches, which are some of the oldest in the world. As well Damascus was one of the first regions to receive Christianity during the ministry of St Peter. Under the Assad government they cannot favor any religion over the other and they cannot have religion mix with politics.

Did you know that in May 2011, international Christian concern showed that Christians were more fearful of protestors and rebels than the government itself. While rebels are targeting them, their Syrian government has always given them equal treatment and protection. So what do you think would happen to them if these rebels take control? What do you think will happen when the US place another puppet leader who not only destroys the immunity these people once had, but starts to destroy some of the oldest churches in the world, massacres and drive them out and oppresses them from practicing their religion? You may have also have been aware that there has been many current reports of attacks on Christians throughout this whole conflict. Paul Rand a member of the American Republican Party told meet the press “I see Assad who has protected Christians for a number of decades, then I see the Islamic rebels on the other side attacking Christians. I see Al-Qaida on one side, the side we would go in to support and I see it to be murky and I don’t see a clear cut American interest.”

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, said, “The Christian community in Syria is already suffering as a result of the unrest there and this will surely only intensify in the event of Western-backed military intervention. Christians in the West should not stand by and allow their governments to destroy Syria – and the Syrian Church – in pursuit of their own political interests in the region. I urge Christians not to accept blindly all the mainstream media reports about this conflict but to read for themselves the carefully considered arguments of dissenting voice”

To make things clear, these violent radical Islamic extremists are not practicing the true teachings of Islam. In fact Islam teaches Muslims to respect other religions and also leave the believers of other religions in peace. In the Koran it states “you have your own religion and I have mine” 29 as well “There shall be no compulsions in religion30

I support freedom of Muslim Arabs

The constitution of the Syrian Arab republic guarantees freedom of religion. I support the right for a Muslim to have autonomy in their own religious affairs. Religion is a personal matter and beliefs enforced upon a person do not work, as it can either cause resentment, false practice or as we see now in Egypt uprising. Why is it that so many people in the Arab nations have been uprising against an authoritarian secular government, yet it is being slowly replaced with a more backwards one which apparently violates human rights. It tells them how to dress, when to pray, how they can socialize. Men and women are segregated. Some Sharia laws are so extreme that stoning, lashing and death sentences for petty crimes are practised. Just to make it clear when I say Sharia law, many of its practices are not derived from the true teachings of Islam, as Islam is about peace, tolerance and forgiveness. Yet a few extremists take the interpretations into their own hands while the western media laps it up and exploit it to the world as what Islam is truly about.

Now under the Assad’s government the citizens of Syria are able to socialize freely. There are thousands of theatres, cafes, bars and clubs where men and women can mix and party until all hours of the morning. You have the freedom to dress as you please, I remember in 1998 walking down the street in Damascus on a hot day wearing a summer dress and not feeling intimidated or out of place. I have some Syrian Muslim friends there, some religious and some not, and they expressed that the last thing they want in their country is Sharia law inflicted upon them. “We see many people come to Syria from places like Saudi with harsh Sharia laws, and these people come here just to drink, party and pick up women, these are false Muslims.” They also are heartbroken to see their country destroyed and in the hands of extremists with Wahabi ideologies and a radial interpretations of Islam. It has been reported that after the hijacking of the Syrian revolution, rebels had already begun imposing Sharia law. An example of this law only happened last year when a young boy from Aleppo, a coffee seller made an innocent offhand comment about the prophet Mohamed. This 14 year old was then condemned to death after he had a small argument with another boy who wanted free coffee. He told him “Not even if the prophet himself returns I would give him a free coffee” this sentence which was meant to be innocent was over heard by three armed rebels. They then summoned him in front of his parent and a crowd while they shouted, “whoever insults the prophet will be killed according to sharia.” They then shot him three times and stamped on him. It is funny that these men are the same psychopaths that the US is supporting and funding. Furthermore the Koran and Hadith offer no clear advice for blasphemy and this law is a jurists’s interpretation by those who are extremists and want to control societies through fear.

European MP Nick Griffin, who was in Damascus in June with a fact finding delegation believes that Syrians are not going to accept the implementations of harsh sharia laws. “We’ve been able to talk with ordinary Syrians at all sorts of levels, something that comes out from out from all those people who we speak to is that Syria wasn’t perfect, but it was a secular and tolerant state where no one even cared if someone was Sunni or Shia or Christians or Jewish,” Griffin told RT news paper in June 2012.

I support women’s rights

Another reason I support the Assad government is because I support feminism and women’s rights. I find it hypocritical that US prides itself in equality and human rights, yet supports one of the most oppressive countries in the world towards women, Saudi Arabia . Under the Assad regime, women maintain a semi equal status to men. The constitution guarantees gender equality and that many women are active in public life. Syria is historically advanced in the field of women’s rights, compared to all of it’s Arab neighbors, except Lebanon and Egypt. In 1953, women were given the right to vote and to be nominated in legislative elections. Many feminists have existed in Syria and still do, with the influence of Marie Ajami a feminists, poet and journalist who established the Women’s Literary Club in 1919. This club, still active today, and is the oldest non-government organization in Syria. The constitution provides for “the right of women to enjoy fair and satisfactory conditions of work.” There is no discrimination between men and women in this respect in Syria, where pregnant women and mothers are given the advantage of motherhood leave of work for several months from the late days of pregnancy and the early days after birth. Although I’m sure that Syria has a long way to go before full equality is implemented, it is quite obvious compared to other women in the middle east, Syrian women are envied. Many women from neighboring countries such as Saudi and Qatar travel to places like Syria and Lebanon for the weekends just to get the taste of freedom that they have been denied all their lives. Apparently there have been reports of rebels who have begun to impose sharia law in the country and are accused of restricting the rights of women and carrying out Sharia-inspired punishments including extra judicial killings.

Once again I will state this is who president Assad is fighting against, and the same people who the US are assisting. There has also been other reports of a fatwa being issued in the town of Appelo where they have banned women from wearing makeup and immodest clothes. "Muslim women are banned from leaving the house in immodest dress, in tight clothing that shows off their bodies or wearing makeup on their face. It is incumbent on all our sisters to obey God and commit to Islamic etiquette," the statement on the Fardous council's Facebook page says as cited by Reuters, which reports that Aleppo residents have confirmed the news.

Who am I going to support?

So in the end who am I going to support? A hypocritical USA that preaches about their fight on terrorism and yet continue to support groups like Al-Qaida and create monsters like Bin laden? Am I going to support their imperialism that fabricates stories to support false wars on countries such as Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan? Am I going to support their false democracy that keeps torture prisons running such as Guantanamo bay and Abu Ghraib? The world supported them in their fight against communism, where millions of young soldiers and innocent Vietnamese civilians died. The world supported them on their war against terrorism, where it was exposed that they had trained and funded the so called terrorists for many years. The world supported them on their false war on weapons of mass destruction, when in fact they just wanted to steal oil and destroy a country. Is the world going to support them in their agenda of total world domination? Is the world still going to support imperialism? Are we still going to fall for their lies? Are we going to allow the brain washing to continue until today where millions still believe that the good protagonist America will save us from the evil antagonist Syria? The Assad Government may not have been perfect, and did have a long way to go before it politically satisfied some of it’s citizens, and yes I will admit it did not give freedom of speech to political opposition. However it was quite transparent and much more advanced than most of its Arab neighbors in human freedom, and equality. But these atrocities by the US who are funding a bunch of sick terrorists, has left me with no choice but to see the positives that Bashar Al-Assad has to offer to Syria. I support his transparency, and the fact that greed did not get the better of him. I support that he has not sold his country out to terrorists like the rest of the gutless Arab puppets. I support his courage, that he could have easily run away to Russia, but instead he is defending his country. He has proven to be a man of principle, a man who will only die in Syria and for Syria. This is what a true leader should look like. At the end of the day I don’t expect you to agree with everything I write or even believe it as gospel, however what I urge you to do is at least open your mind and do your own research.

''Today there are many Western politicians, but very few statesmen. Some of these politicians do not read history or even learn from it, whilst others do not even remember recent events. Have these politicians learned any lessons from the past 50 years at least? Have they not realised that since the Vietnam War, all the wars their predecessors have waged have failed? Have they not learned that they have gained nothing from these wars but the destruction of the countries they fought, which has had a destabilising effect on the Middle East and other parts of the world? Have they not comprehended that all of these wars have not made people in the region appreciate them or believe in their policies?

From another perspective, these politicians should know that terrorism is not a winning card you play when it suits you and keep it in your pocket when it doesn’t. Terrorism is like a scorpion; it can unexpectedly sting you at any time. Therefore, you cannot support terrorism in Syria whilst fighting it in Mali; you cannot support terrorism in Chechnya and fight it in Afghanistan.

To be very precise, I am referring to the West and not all world leaders, if these western leaders are looking to achieve their interests, they need to listen to their own constituents and to the people in this region rather than seeking to install ‘puppet’ leaders, in the hope that they would be able to deliver their objectives. In doing so, western policy may become more realistic in the region.

Our message to the world is straightforward: Syria will never become a Western ‘puppet’ state. We are an independent country; we will fight terrorism and we will freely build relationships with countries in a way that best serves the interests of the Syrian people.'' Bashar Al-Assad

First Bashar Al-assad interview with an American news outlet since 2011. Charlie Rose Interviews the president on September 9th 2013

Did western media show you this footage of 11 million Syrians marching to support their president?


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