Zitat des Tages von Bashar al-Assad:
Israel ranks her priorities in the following way: security, land, and water.
It is even more so when it comes to Iraq, which is a large Arab country with scientific, material, and human resources and is able to accomplish, at the least, what Lebanon accomplished, and more.
Despite the ethnic diversity within each nation, the social fabric of the region by and large is one.
When our interests matched, the Americans have been good to us, and when the interests differed, they wanted us to mold ourselves to them, which we refused.
The Israeli lobby has clout in the U.S., which means that re-arranging the region and controlling its resources one way or another, will serve Israel through its control over the American administration.
Israeli interests are not necessarily in harmony with the American interests.
The logical thing is to implement the Arab Defense Agreement.
You cannot reform your society or institution without opening your mind.
Today, the Iraqi citizen sees that America is coming and wants to occupy his country and kill him, and he is willing to experience for himself what happened in Palestine.
No doubt that the U.S. is a super-power capable of conquering a relatively small country, but is it able to control it?
Armies are not only for offensives.
Worry does not mean fear, but readiness for the confrontation.
Since its very inception, Israel has been a threat.
I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country.
The most significant indicator that there is no disaster in Iraq is the fact that there is no exodus.
Syria is geographically and politically in the middle of the Middle East.
The U.S. and Britain are incapable of controlling all of Iraq.
Israel does not care about the international public opinion.
It should be known that Israel is based on treachery.
It would be a mistake to link anything that Israel does to a certain circumstance. And it is a mistake to feel comfortable in any circumstance just because Israel did not act on it.
We are dealing with treachery and threats, which accompanied the establishment of Israel.
America is interested in re-arranging the region as it sees fit.
Lebanon was under Israeli occupation, up to its capital, but we did not consider that a disaster. Why? Because it was very clear that there are ways to resist.
As far as we are concerned, we Syria have not changed.
You in Lebanon, your power is no match to Israel. Israel, militarily, is more powerful than you and maybe it is more powerful than all the Arab countries, or most of them.
When we analyze this war in a materialistic way and ask when is it going to end and who will be the winner and the loser, it means that we do not see the endgame.
It is natural that we should always expect an Israeli attack, even when it does not threaten.
The problem is not the occupation, but how people deal with it.
We believe that Lebanon has been the first real experience for all the Arabs.
None of us and none of the Arabs trust Israel.
Is there an equality of power between America and Iraq? Definitely not; however, the Iraqi people are standing fast and are defending their land courageously.
But the issue has to do with land, which is our land.
The problem with the West is that they start with political reform going towards democracy. If you want to go towards democracy, the first thing is to involve the people in decision making, not to make it.
We, in Syria, our point of view stems from our experience.