Assad says will live and die in Syria

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americanguy wrote:

Of course NATO will give Turkey the MIM104C PAC-2 NATO Patriot missile batteries, as they should. Patriots are totally defensive.
This is more symbolic than anything else.
Assad would be INSANE to attack Turkey.
The mortar attacks were stupidity on the part of Syria’s poorly trained military.
Better safe than sorry.
The Patriot 104C P2′s will be operational in less than a week.

Nov 07, 2012 8:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ubershilpe wrote:

Why ‘should’ America GIVE Turkey Patriot Missiles batteries? I think we would be better served if we sold them those batteries.

Nov 07, 2012 9:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
uha1 wrote:

I will patienly follow-up on this news and see how Reuters will apologize for yellow journalism. Apparently, Turkish authorities proved Reuters false just few minutes ago. I wonder that the source really was?

Nov 07, 2012 10:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Free_Pacific wrote:

Ah, Pendingapproval… Turkey is not an Arab country.

Nov 08, 2012 3:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

NATO should keep out of Syria’s internal problems. Turkey has a very large, modern army that is perfectly capable of keeping their border secure.
This conflict is more about oil and gas pipelines than anything else.

Nov 08, 2012 6:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
kenradke11 wrote:

Goof for Britain, at least they are taking a stand! I hope they intervene directly or at least that Turkey will get their Patriot missles lined up to protect themselves. There is a further need to get Russia and China to agree and if they veto anymore moves on part of the west then I would suggest they flout them and go in through NATO!

Nov 08, 2012 7:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

The author kind of left out an important point.
Turkish officials have confirmed Turkey will ask for the Patriots. They have had patriots before. Actually NATO proposed this first as part of a “safe zone” and a possible no fly zone. “Turkey had twice before requested the deployment of Patriot system, both during the first and second Iraq wars in the 1990s and 2000s. In both cases, deployments were carried out by the Netherlands, one of the few NATO members equipped with the system. ”

(Actually 5 Nato countries have the patriots.)

Nov 08, 2012 7:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

@Tiu: Have you been on another planet for the last 18 months? Oil/gas pipelines have NOTHING to do with this conflict, unless we believe the most radical left-wing conspiracy theories. Besides which, NATO is a TREATY ORGANIZATION where all members are bound to defend ANY member that is attacked by a non-member state. If anything can help bring this conflict to an end sooner and restore peace to the region, we would be immoral not to do it.

CONTRARY to what Assad is suggesting, the apathy and inaction of Western military forces in this conflict has demonstrated that Syria is perfectly capable of boiling over into a regional proxy conflagration without any help from us! There’s quite enough evil in the world, in all men’s hearts, for that to happen.
Shall we just sit idly by, while the two evenly matched sides slug it out for victory then?
Perhaps we must, until one or the other side distinguishes itself as a force for real freedom and hope for all Syrians…

Nov 08, 2012 9:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

@mathewslyman, you obviously watch too much Faux News. It’s all about oil, gas and other resources – and in answer to your stupid question, I’ve been on planet earth. Take your head out of your R’s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Gas_Pipeline
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/08/201285133440424621.html

Nov 08, 2012 9:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

“I am Syrian-made, and I must live and die in Syria”

I think we should honor Assad’s wish-one shot, one kill. Game over!

Nov 08, 2012 10:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:

@Matthewslyman – Good point

Nov 08, 2012 11:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
Slammy wrote:

“President Bashar al-Assad said he would “live and die” in Syria”

Ok, good, this should make things easier in the long run. I wonder if Asma and the children feel the same. Although I think she is a total idiot for standing by her man through this, especially when his concubines becoming public knowledge, I hate to see bad things happen to children. I feel sure there are plenty of grieving Syrian parents who would love to get their hands on their offspring so hope they do not share Mr. Al Assad’s, aka The Cowardly Lions, convictions and get out of Dodge while the getting is good.

Go Insurgents!

Nov 08, 2012 11:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
Slammy wrote:

@pendingapproval

According to the media outlets you seem to trust, your side is winning handsomely. No worries then.

Nov 08, 2012 11:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
Slammy wrote:

Huh, Pendingapproval’s earlier comments have vanished… make Reuters upset again?

Nov 08, 2012 11:57am EST  --  Report as abuse

Time to live and a time to die Assad, you won’t be so cocky when the rebels are knocking at your door. Or do you know something that the whole world doesn’t? What about your beautiful english wive and kids, are you willing to sacrifice their lives too?

Nov 08, 2012 12:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gringovejo wrote:

Sounds like he just signed, sealed and delivered his own Death Warrant.
Please don’t keep him waiting. Ahh! Is that the sound of Drones, that I hear?? May he and his loyal followers know and share the shear terror
that other citizens of Syria have had to deal with, because of Assad’s innate stupidity, as they gasp their last breath.

Nov 08, 2012 1:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SyriasTruth wrote:

The Patriot missle system for Turkey isn’t just needed because of Syria.
Yes, wee see Assad causing cross border strikes.
Yes, Assad has scud longrange type missles that can carry chemical weapons, that Assad might use as his last gasps and grasps to stay in power….and cause Turkey harm in retaliation.

But….the real purpose of wide spread Patriot missle systems all along the Turkey border are for defense against Iran’s missles.

Conflict with Iran is coming. Turkey’s array of Patriot missles will be a major line of defense (line in the sand) for Turkey and the EU beyond. This is just the start of military build-up in the middle east against Iran.

Nov 08, 2012 1:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Free_Pacific wrote:

Anyone who quotes an Al Jazeera ‘opinion’ article has no idea what they are talking about. That section of AJE is the most virulent hateful anti-western agenda any paper could put together. Please tell me that article was not put together like some fruitcake like Pepe or one of his moronic hateful leftist sidekicks. I’m not going to look, because I dont eat **** for breakfast. That section drags AJE down completely as a worthy news source and exposes the company for what it really is. The fact the english language site is a watered down version of the arabic site is concerning.

Nov 08, 2012 5:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse

“The United States and its allies want the Syrian leader out, but have held back from arming his opponents”

What a load of crap… they just arm the Islamists through Saudi Arabia and Turkey! What’s the difference if you just use a proxy??

Reuters are you too stupid to understand this?

This story is just a cherry picked cynical edit of the real interview, don’t even bother reading it.

Watch the interview on RT yourself. 26 minutes UNEDITED!!!

That’s how a real media organization does it!!

Nov 08, 2012 5:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse

assad dies there, chaos follows, an islamist government grabs power which despises all other countries. forward to the 14th century.

Nov 08, 2012 6:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Reuters1945 wrote:

“Assad says will live and die in Syria…”

I seem to recall those were also the famous words of another regional dictator who waited too long to make his final exit.

As the old adage says: “Discretion is often the better part of valor”.

Remember how Benito Mussolini, the loud mouthed Italian Dictator, was caught trying to escape, dressed as a woman, and was summarily strung upside down by his feet by a mob. Not a pretty or glorious ending for one who ruled millions of his countrymen with an iron fist.

How many despotic rulers in history have met similarly violent and hideously gruesome finales at the end of their careers.

The great tragedy in the case of Syria is that neither side can actually claim any monopoly on any sense of morality and both sides have shown more than a slight ability to commit the most heinous types of war crimes.

We see this scenario over and over again when both sides of a conflict are loaded with extremists and religious fanatics, none of whom are remotely capable of creating, developing, nurturing and/or managing any form of Democratic system in the classic Western sense.

And perhaps the biggest irony of all is how so many regional countries which have the most despotic forms of governments controlled by just one tenth of one percent of the people, feel they are in a position to pontificate on the best solution for ending the tragic blood-letting in Syria

How many of those regional countries, where free and unfettered expression is as distant as Pluto, who are now taking sides in this present ongoing tragedy, will become the “next Syria” of tomorrow ?

The Age of Kings and absolute Monarchs is slowly and painfully, but also, inexorably, coming to an end.

People can be held down and oppressed for hundreds and even thousands of years- but not forever. Though power is never surrendered easily, in the end that power that is not surrendered or shared, will be wrested from the hands of brutal Rulers by force.

That is the cardinal lesson of history.
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Nov 08, 2012 7:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SyriasTruth wrote:

Assad has lived in Syria…long enough…now let him die in Syria…just like he wants!!

It’s time !!

Nov 08, 2012 10:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse

The ‘pro-terrorist freedom’ lovers on here will vanish as soon as the country is destroyed…

All they want is to see it burn, and all Syrians inside!

They knew nothing about Assad or Syria before reuters n co started their propaganda campaign, and when the country turns to ashes like everything else the US touches they will be straight back on the bandwagon blindly supporting the next US death squads.

We don’t hear them protesting any of the other dictators in the region… =)

US loyalists – they say jump, you say how high!

Nov 09, 2012 12:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
Slammy wrote:

Does anyone think the Syrian Regime is winning?

Nov 09, 2012 12:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
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