Syria is the meeting place of two “tectonic plates” and any attempt to destabilize these plates will lead to a massive earthquake that damages the entire region and affects the whole world, said Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, adding that any mention of such a scenario would be more costly than the world could afford, which is why it seems that the trend is moving towards political, political and economic pressure.
Assad made the comments in an interview with Russia’s Rossiya 1 TV channel on Sunday, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.
Regarding the likelihood of the west waging an aggression against Syria and the idea that western military action against Syria is preplanned, Assad said that the claims regarding the possibility of a western aggression against Syria is heard from time to time, particularly during crises between Syria and western countries within the past few decades, and that these claims aim at pressuring Syria to change its political stances, reported SANA.
Additionally, Assad said in the interview, according to SANA, that Syria takes all possibilities into consideration even if this issue isn’t discussed in the media through leaks, noting that when the homeland is threatened in a military or security fashion, then the balance of power – who is stronger and who is weaker – has no value, adding “if you as a country represent a small and weak country and the enemy is big and strong, it’s natural to defend the homeland regardless of balance.”
Assad stressed, according to SANA, that Syria has a unique position in geographic, geopolitical, historic and other terms, as Syria is the meeting place of all or most the cultural, religious, sectarian and ethnic components of the Middle East.
Speaking to the Russian television channel, Assad said that there is no doubt that that Syria is counting on Russia, primarily because of the historic relations between the two countries and because Syria is a superpower and a permanent Security Council member, pointing out that Syria played an important role since the first days of the crisis and that the two governments were communicating directly, with the Syrian government explaining to Russia the details of the situation based on Syria’s importance and influence in terms of the situation in the Middle East and the region.
“Russia knew the dangers of the attempts at foreign interference in Syria, thus Russia played an important role in the international arena, with the most recent action in this regard being the Russian veto at the Security Council,” he said, adding that Syria is counting on the Russian stance and continuing support not just in defense of Syria, but also in defense of worldwide stability.
“Regarding the burning of flags, I don’t believe we can put that in the frame of political work as it doesn’t represent opposition or anything else. It often represents individual cases that may be spurred from abroad to complete the media image of the big lie being promoted about Syria in foreign media, showing Russia as if it supports a state against the people… this is the supposed media game behind this action,” Assad said during the interview.
On the subject of who is represented by the opposition, Assad said that such an issue would be more accurate after elections and the emergence of new parties, which would decide which sections of the society the opposition represents, SANA reported.
“We’re dealing with everyone; with all the forces on the Syrian arena because we believe that communication with these forces is very important, without specifying who has a popular base and who doesn’t,” Assad said, stressing that a more accurate answer can be given after the elections which should take place in February 2012.
Answering a question on national dialogue, organizing elections and the establishment of a council in Istanbul by the opposition with their unwillingness to hold negotiations with the authorities, and whether there is a way to reach a peaceful agreement with them, Assad said, “The first thing is that in order to hold a dialogue you need more than one side, the other side should be able to hold dialogue… The other thing is that in order to hold political or formal dialogue with a side, there must be bases from which to start,” reported SANA.