"The only one who can fight for these values like democracy and freedoms are the people of any country or any society, not the foreigners. Foreigners cannot bring freedom, cannot bring democracy, because this is related to the culture, to the different factors that affect or influence that society. You cannot bring it, you cannot import it. You cannot import anything from outside your country regarding the future of your country."

 

From President Assad's  RTP Portuguese TV Interview, November 16, 2016

 

 "…we were on the way to democracy. We didn’t say that we are fully democratic, we were on the way, we were moving forward. Slowly or fast, that’s subjective, cannot be objective, that’s always subjective. But we’re moving forward in that regard, of course. But the criteria or the paradigm for us is not the West, not the Western paradigm, because the West has its own culture, we have our own culture, they have their own reality, we have our own reality. So, our democracy should reflect our culture and our habits and our customs and our reality at the same time."

 

From President Assad's  RTP Portuguese TV Interview, November 16, 2016

 

 

 

 

 ''The Syrian people would say who’s going to stay or not. If the Syrian people doesn’t want me to stay, I have to leave right away, today.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015.

 

''I mean, their way, if they want me to go, they have the ballot box. We are ready, we don’t have a problem. They can convince the Syrian people that there’s a better alternative, this is not an appropriate choice for the future, and the president will leave. We don’t have a problem.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015.

 

'''… we are on the way for more democracy in Syria. We are moving slowly but surely. It’s not something related to the president, because Syria is not my company; it’s a country, it has people. I mean, the process of democracy is a social process, and political at the same time, so we’re moving forward.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015.

 

''The most important question is: why did you have them in Europe? Coming, that’s natural; when you have chaos, when Syria has been turned into a hotbed for terrorism because Europe and Turkey and Saudi Arabia and Qatar and those countries supported terrorists in different ways, of course you’re going to have chaos, and it’s going to be a nexus for terrorism. That’s natural for this, how to say, fertile soil, to attract terrorists from the rest of the world. But the question: why did you have them in Europe? You didn’t deal with terrorism in a realistic base.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015.

 

''…many European officials have sold their values for the petrodollar, and they allowed the Wahabi Saudi institutions to pay money and to bring this dark and this extremist ideology to Europe, and that’s why now you are exporting terrorists to us. We don’t export, actually, they came to Syria, and then they go back to Europe.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015.

 

''Any person who holds armaments and kills people and destroys public and private properties and so on, he’s a terrorist, so we don’t, as a government, we don’t make negotiations with the terrorists.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015.

 

''…no-one in the West is ready, few countries are ready, because they don’t dare to make contact with Syria to solve the problem unless the United States wants to impose its agenda on them and on us.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015.

 

''…it was a mixture between people who really wanted to demonstrate against the political system that they don’t believe in, you have people who have been paid by Qatar in order to demonstrate for the propaganda, and you have the terrorists who have been infiltrating those demonstrations in order to kill the policemen in order to retaliate. That’s what happened in the first week of the crisis.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015.

 

'' I think the majority of the people now support their government, regardless of their political spectrum, and they still support the unity of Syria and the integration of the society as one society with multi-color aspects.''

From H.E. President Assad's Dutch NPO2 TV Interview, December 17, 2015.

 

 

"Definitely, everybody has the right to ask for his freedom, and every government should support freedom, of course, under the constitution. But does freedom mean to kill the civilians, to kill policemen, to destroy the schools, the hospitals, the electricity, the infrastructure? That’s not owned by the government; it’s owned by the Syrian people. It’s not owned by us, it’s not owned by me. Is that the freedom that you’re talking about?''

From President Assad's France 2 TV Interview, April 20, 2015

"We were on the way to democracy, it’s a process, it’s a long way. There’s no place you reach it, you say this is democracy. If you want to compare me to the West, to France, and other countries, no, you are much ahead of us, definitely, because of your history and because of many other circumstances and factors. If you want to compare me to your closest friend, Saudi Arabia, of course we are democratic. So, it depends on how you compare me."

From President Assad's France 2 TV Interview, April 20, 2015

 

 

"Syria was at least on the way to democracy, at least we had a parliament for more than eight decades now. Women are in the parliament since that time, they have the right of election, again, since the beginning of the last century. You cannot compare Syria with Saudi Arabia. But we are on the way toward more democracy, and that’s a natural process. Democracy is not a prescription, it’s not only laws and decrees. Actually, it’s a long process. It’s a social and legislative process at the same time. So, we are moving in that way."

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

"But the problem with the West is that they look at democracy as a goal. It’s not the goal; it’s the process. The goal is prosperity. Democracy is a tool to reach that prosperity, and we are using that tool and moving in that regard. So, it takes time, and that’s natural."

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

"Now, in the crisis, the priority to the Syrian people is survival now, because it’s an existential threat to the Syrian people. When you talk about terrorism, it’s an existential threat. So, people first think about their safety and the safety of the country. How can you have democracy while you don’t have life first? You need life first, you need safety, you need security, then you can talk about democracy. You cannot reverse things."

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

''…freedom is a natural instinct in every human since our ancestor Adam, and this is a divine thing for anyone to ask for, so it’s going to be illogical and unrealistic and against the nature of the Earth and the people to be against freedom. But we have to ask a few simple questions. Is killing people part of that freedom? Is destroying schools and banning children from going to schools part of that freedom? Destroying the infrastructure, electricity, communications, sanitation system, beheading, dismemberment of victims. Is that freedom? I think the answer to that question is very clear to everyone regardless of their culture. So, we support anyone who works to get more freedom, but in an institutional way, under the constitution of that country, not by violence and terrorism and destroying the country. There’s no relation between that and freedom.''

From H. E. President Assad's Expressen Newspaper Interview, April 17, 2015

"As long as I have the public support of the Syrian people. That's my legitimacy; legitimacy comes from the inside, but why? I will tell you why. Because the West used to have puppets. Not independent leaders, or officials in any other country. And that the problem with Putin. They demonize Putin because he can say no, and he wants to be independent. Because the West, and especially the United States, don't accept partners. They only accept followers. Even Europe is not partner of the United States. That's to be very frank with you. So, this is their problem with Syria. They need somebody to keep saying yes. Yes-- a puppet. Marionette. And so on."

From H.E. President Assad's CBS interview, March 29, 2015


'' So it has to be based on the state’s performance before the crisis: preserving the unity of the homeland, religious freedom, freedom of belief. No group in any country should feel they are forbidden to exercise their religious rituals and hold their beliefs. This is the case in Syria; and this is one of the most important factors behind the steadfastness of Syrian society in facing this attack.''

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Russian Media Interview, March 27, 2015.


"Honourable Syrians, Free Syrian Revolutionaries, three years and four months have passed since some declared, on your behalf: “The People want.” Yes, The People wanted…. The People decided…The People took action. A few years ago, some called for freedom – your response was to remain free in the age of subservience, to be masters in the age of slaves.  They patronized you with their calls for democracy – your response was to show your will in the most democratic manner possible and refuse foreign intervention in your national affairs; you chose your constitution, you chose your parliament, you chose your president.  Throughout, the decision was yours and your will has created our democracy."

From H.E. President Al-Assad 2014 inauguration speech, July 16, 2014.

"They chanted: “The Syrian people are united”– your response was to face their storm of sedition, never allowing the winds of division to poison your hearts and minds; you were truly one people with one heart. They preached: “They bow only before Allah”–your response was to never bow before their masters, to never surrender, to never give up.  You stood fast and held fast to your homeland, always believing in one God, a God who doesn’t share His powers with super-nations and who can never be substituted for oil or dollars. And when they said; “Allahu Akbar” – God was greater than them and their supporters, because God is always on the side of justice and justice is on the side of the people."

From H.E. President Al-Assad 2014 inauguration speech, July 16, 2014.


"They will never find real answers because they depended on lackeys and agents. They did not know or understand how to deal with masters and honourable and patriotic people, and that is why they are more capable of understanding the terms of subservience, humiliation and dependence. They are unable to interpret the true meaning of honour, sovereignty and freedom.  Those who want to predict the behavior and reaction of an ancient and civilized people should have the same historical and civilizational depth in order to fathom a great people’s strength and tenacity; this shows itself only in great national crises and at crucial historical junctures."

From H.E. President Al-Assad 2014 inauguration speech, July 16, 2014.


"Of course, the solution cannot be anything but radical.  There cannot be a partial solution.  A partial solution is like no solution at all.  This condition you are referring to, was a source of concern for us at the beginning of the crisis when we warned that what was happening had nothing to do with peaceful demonstrations, reform or democracy.   Many people inside and outside Syria did not believe that.  Now everybody, with no exception, is concerned, regardless of their political affiliation.  Even those who provided an incubator to the terrorists and the armed groups, and before them to the anarchists and saboteurs, before terrorism took its stark shape, know this.  Even these people have started to complain and look for a solution.  Of course, better late than never; the solution, no matter how late, cannot be impossible, but it will be more difficult and more costly."

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Tishreen Paper October 6,2013.

"You cannot talk about reform and democracy while the ideologies are single-minded ideologies that don't accept any other one, because democracy, real democracy, is about accepting the others. Start by accepting the other, first of all, especially in a diverse society. So, I can say that we are still having the same will to move forward in that regard according to our reality. So, the scope of the reform will be limited by our reality."

From H.E. President AL-Assad’s Rai News Interview, September 29,2013.

"such a  creative interaction and national cohesion exists in the resistance Syria between our hero Army and dignified people as the essence of our success and title of our heroic steadfastness."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad’s Army Day Speech ,August 1,2013.

"the Syrian martyrs, martyrs families, and the Syrians at large, who embody through their cohesiveness and integration with the Army a unique example for national unity, amity and fraternity."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad’s Army Day Speech ,August 1,2013.

"This attempted erosion is targeting our national unity, our infrastructure, our economy and the services that the state has always provided. Those who are hostile to Syria would happily watch its destruction, even in the long run. Another reason for western countries to support terrorism in Syria is their belief that these terrorist groups, which have been a security threat to them for decades, can be killed in Syria, hence shifting the battleground away from their own countries and destroying Syria in the process."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with al-Thawra Newspaper, July 4,2013."Beyond hypocrisy is when you talk about democracy and your closest allies are the worst autocratic regimes in the world that belong to the medieval centuries. This is hypocrisy!"

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with The Sunday Times, March 4, 2013.

 ''We started the reform since I became a president. But the way we look at the reform is different from the way you look at it. For us, you cannot put the horses before the carriage. If you want to start, you have to start with 1, 2, 3, 4… you cannot start with 6 and then go back to one. For me, number (1) is what I have just mentioned: how to upgrade the whole society. For me as a government and institutions, the only thing to do is issuing some decrees and laws, let us say. Actually, this is not reform. Reform could start with some decrees but real reform is about how to open up the society, and how to start dialogue.''

From H.E.'s Interview with Wall Street Journal, (January 31, 2011)

  ''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. It is not my democracy as a person; it is our democracy as a society. So how do you start? You start with creating dialogue. How do you create dialogue? We did not have private media in the past; we did not have internet or private universities, we did not have banks. Everything was controlled by the state. You cannot create the democracy that you are asking about in this way. You have different ways of creating democracy.''

From H.E.'s Interview with Wall Street Journal, (January 31, 2011)

  

''Syria was able to encounter many hatched schemes, because of the real oneness and rallying between the united people and leadership behind the Arabism, the sacred subject for all of the Syrian colours, and intellectual trends, not to mention what Syria possesses of the many rich points of strength, of which the most important are the rights, principles, basics, vision, and the confidence in the ability to achieve positive results,''

From His Excellency's Speech at 5th General Conference of the Arab Parties, Damascus Summit, (November 11, 2009)

 "Our laws are tough and strict and whether they are right or wrong that is an issue for Syria,"

From His Excellency Interview with the Guardian, (February 17, 2009)

 “The power of the Syrian Policy lies in its dependence on the popular public opinion regarding different issues, domestic as well as foreign ones; such a sameness in the official and popular stances is a persistent characteristic for us in Syria, We have been exposed, especially in Syria and the resistance trend, to media attacks as to create a situation of frustration and as to convince us with failure; we have resorted to the conveying of information to the citizen, as possible as we can, and to communicate with the citizen to know his/her viewpoint. That is why we have had this identical sameness between the official stance and the popular one.”

From His Excellency Al-Manar TV Interview, (January 26, 2009)

 

"The Damascus Spring is a pure media term with which the Syrian government does not deal. It only deals with reality,", "There are also other problems imposed on us from abroad, making us delay development projects and reverse priorities; mainly including Iraq war, Lebanon and terrorism,"

 From His Excellency Statements during His Kuwait Visit (June 4th, 2008)  

Democracy is “ a group of integrated  aspects, which to be developed altogether,  as a means for development, prosperity and construction.”

From HE’s Second  Presidential Term Inauguration Speech , ( July 17, 2007)

 “I avail the meeting with you as to derive determination, power and firmness to the stances; there is no strong state, or a strong leader in the presence of a weak people. There is no fear for the future in the  Home which has people like the great Syrian Arab People; and any leader who shoulders the responsibility of such people should definitely in way fear any thing.”

  From H. E.’ s Speech to the Syrian Citizens in the Governorate of Deir Azzour, (April 30, 2007)

 "Actually the democratic development has suffered from the serious setback recently especially after the war on Iraq. It's not only what you want to do. It's not only a matter of laws. You need the development of the society and you need the political atmosphere and you need the security. "

From HE’s Interview with ABC NEWS TV, (February 6, 2007)

 "The democracy in your country and in Europe is a result of long history. It didn't happen suddenly. So you can't talk about abrupt changes in our region. It's a matter of time, and it should go this way, but not according to Western standards -- unless we change our customs and habits. So it's going to be democracy, but according to our standards."

From HE’s Interview with ABC NEWS TV, (February 6, 2007) 

“Steadfastness has different measures and features; one of these is development, and growth. The more the exerted pressures are tough on us, the more we will challenge them through the more of development for every Syrian Governorate.”

From H. E.’s Speech to the Syrian Citizens  in  Sweida Governorate, ( November 28, 2006) 

 “Syria is the fortified national bastion immune to penetration.”

 From H. E.’s Speech to the Syrian Citizens  in  Sweida Governorate, ( November 28, 2006)

 "Loyalty for the country is by not accepting foreign interferences from or by any embassy and I have always been clear on the subject or via any foreign government directly interfering with us,"

From HE’s Interview with Dubai TV, (August 24, 2006)

 "Definitely, democracy is necessary for the entire world, but not in that context. If you want now to talk about the credibility of those who say such statements, let us take an example: If I look east I find Abu Ghreib, and if I look west I find Goantanamo. "

From HE’s Interview with PBS TV, (March 30, 2006)

 

"What is the relation between democracy and occupying a country like Iraq? What is the relation between democracy and having five to six million Palestinians outside their country? There are many things that harm the credibility of those people. Yes, we need democracy but our democracy. And if you say what is the meaning of our democracy you have to go back to culture. It should be step by step and should be internal by dialogue among the people of this country and society, and the Middle East at large. Any imported democracy, regardless the will behind it, is going to be a failure."

From HE’s Interview with PBS TV, (March 30, 2006)

 "Is democracy more important than chaos? What is it based on? Is it based on better economy, on safety? What are the benefits of democracy if you don’t have the essential things in society? Democracy isn’t everything. It is a tool you use to have a better situation. You don’t use it to only say you are democratic. "

From HE’s Interview with PBS TV, (March 30, 2006)

 

"Elections are the end result of democracy. Democracy is how people think and accept each other. In mixed societies like ours you would have different democracies than what you have in your country."

From HE’s Interview with PBS TV, (March 30, 2006) 

    "We should also know a number of concepts. I use here what I said in my speech at the regional conference when we talked about national unity. How do we define national unity. We have examples in the region. There are nations that respect themselves which unite when they pass through a crisis, although they might have a thousand issues that they do not agree on. And there are nations in this region too which when they come under pressure and these pressures reach a crisis point they divide. Such nations do not respect themselves. One example, a person raises his voice in harmony with voices coming from outside his country and lowers it also in harmony with outside voices. This person belongs to the outside. How can he be a patriot and connected to the outside. Those who raise their voices should do that according to certain principles and according to national principles. Voices should be raised within the same house not in harmony with outside voices. I do not allow anyone to raise his voice from the outside and be called a patriot. We will deal firmly with unpatriotic cases, because these cause confusion at times of crises. "

From HE’s Damascus University Speech, (November 10, 2005)

 

"In the final analysis we support having different opinions. Openness and all these issues are moving but slowly perhaps. I do not claim that we are moving fast and have never said that. Some people say that the process of development was fast and then slowed down. I say it was slow from the beginning. To be realistic, it has never been fast. But we have no other choice but to move forward using our capabilities in order to enhance national unity. We do not differ from other societies. Patriotism or the lack of it exist everywhere. At times of crisis we have to control these cases with the objective of consolidating national unity as I said. "

From HE’s Damascus University Speech, (November 10, 2005)

 

"I would like to touch on a subject which has been raised in the media, which is the party law. Discussions of this law have started, but they will take a long time because of the sensitivity of this issue. Another issue is that of the census, because it was discussed during the regional conference. This issue was in fact settled in 2002, when I visited the city of Hasaka and met community leaders. The issue of the census was raised, and I said at the time that no one in Syria is opposed to solving this problem. It is a technical issue, and we started solving it in 2002 by studying the criteria put for solving the problem, i.e. granting the nationality. In the last stages there have been some details which were not finalized, until the events of March 2004 happened, and we thought there was a big problem. We discovered later that it was a passing ordinary problem. Political developments delayed this issue. Now there are authorities in the state which are putting the final touches and we will solve this issue soon in an expression of the importance of national unity in Syria. "

From HE’s Damascus University Speech, (November 10, 2005)

 

"We have to know that whatever we do, or try to achieve, needs a national and moral base to build our reform project on. If this country belongs to all its faithful sons and daughters, it could not belong to those who have rancor against it or those who play with its capabilities, those who see the national interest only through their own narrow interest and only remember the rights they are entitled to enjoy and forget their duties. We always talk about national unity, but we hear expressions like a conference for national reconciliation, as if we were feuding tribes in this country going out of a civil war. When we speak about consolidating national unity, it does not mean that this unity does not exist, because this means civil war. There are no half-solutions, but the national unity, like everything else, has standards and criteria, not necessarily in terms of numbers, but it depends on the national situation and it depends on every citizen. Since we are at the university, when two students pass, the first gets 48+2 and the second gets 90, the first student is not like the second. Both of them pass but there is a difference. When two students pass the secondary school certificate, a student gets 110 grades and the second gets 260, there is a difference. When we talk about enhancing national unity, we mean upgrading this unity so that it becomes a general and strong condition throughout the country. There is sometimes confusion between chronic cases and acute cases (doctors understand this here). Treatment of chronic cases is different from treatment of acute cases. Now we have a crisis, or a problem, or a difficult situation. Let us do this in order to overcome the crisis. I say this is wrong. If we arrive at a crisis and we have not done anything to overcome it before, then it is too late. Everything we do is for the future. These are remedies for future cases. As I said earlier, crises will never stop, because there is a plan moving in a certain direction against Syria and against the whole region. What we are doing now is preparing for future crises. We do not have to stick to a straw. We have to do things about whose results we are certain and use the capabilities that we possess today. This must be clear. Of course when such things are suggested, they are suggested in good faith because when we do something we need to know when to reap the results. "

From HE’s Damascus University Speech, (November 10, 2005)

 

"La rapidità è un concetto del tutto soggettivo. La verità è che abbiamo compiuto passi importanti. I nostri problemi si chiamano riforma burocratica e amministrativa, modernizzare un enorme carrozzone, cambiare la mentalità della gente, sostituire la creatività alla dedizione, estirpare la corruzione, che ha radici profonde. Ma come per ogni grande rivoluzione servono anni, almeno una generazione. Serve l'aiuto della comunità internazionale. E più di tutto mi preme conservare la stabilità sociale e politica del Paese. La modernizzazione può comportare un alto costo a scapito di ampi strati della popolazione".

From HE’s Interview with the Italian La Repubblica, (February 28, 2005)

 

"Potrei rispondervi che è meglio che ad Abu Ghraib e a Guantanamo, però è soltanto una facile battuta. Potrei dirvi dei mille e più prigionieri politici liberati, delle nuove riviste. Ma lo ammetto: abbiamo regole severe. Da sessant'anni viviamo in una situazione di costante pericolo, decenni di guerra, di ostilità di Paesi pronti a rovesciare i nostri regimi, anni di terrore. Non possiamo permetterci leggi normali. Almeno per ora".

From HE’s Interview with the Italian La Repubblica, (February 28, 2005)

"Riguardo ai dissidenti, io sono un uomo dalla mentalità molto aperta. Però non posso consentire che creino problemi. Non sono qui come un impiegato, devo occuparmi del mio Paese. Se a Hyde Park qualcuno attacca la regina, non succede niente. Ma se qui ad esempio qualcuno per strada inveisce contro i cristiani, il giorno dopo potrebbe scoppiare una guerra civile. Mi direte: è libertà di parola, ma così naufraga il Paese".

From HE’s Interview with the Italian La Repubblica, (February 28, 2005)

  

  2003 

"I hope we can make better steps toward democracy in our country, but that takes time. But no one in Syria, or may be in the region if I want to exaggerate a little bit, asks for help from any country to have his own democracy." "I think before the war on Iraq some thought about this, but after the war they changed their minds. Only a little percentage of people used to think before the war that the war on Iraq would help democracy in the region. Most of them now think this is a bad example of bringing democracy. "

From HE’s Interview with The New York Times, (December 1, 2003)

 

“Democracy cannot be imported. Every people create their own democracy. If you want to go into the details of the situation in Iraq, a little while ago I talked about an Iraqi constitution. The United States has not allowed so far the Iraqis to draw a constitution. The U.S. troops are killing Iraqis on a daily basis. They came as a liberating forces, but services are bad, there is no water, no electricity, no security. Is this," the President wondered "the democracy that the U.S is talking about. We don't think that this is the model they are talking about.”

 From HE’s Interview with Greek TV , (December 14, 2003) 

  "Freedom and democracy are nothing but instruments, just like stability. The goal is called progress and growth. Anyone who puts freedom ahead of stability is hurting growth. Besides, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and Iraq aren't exactly models of freedom."

From HE’s Interview with Spiegel, (July 9, 2001)

"The more meddling there is, the slower the pace of development in Syria. After all, the democratic process should pervade the entire country. Naturally, the unresolved Middle East conflict also slows down development. And then there is the question of what should be our greatest priority -- political development or economic growth."

From HE’s Interview with the Spiegel, (July 9, 2001) 

   "The result of the referendum is an expression of the will of the people and there is nothing I can do except to respond to the will of the people and to willingly accept to carry the mission I am asked to carry and shoulder the burdens and tasks related to fulfilling my duty during these very delicate and sensitive circumstances which our country, our nation and the world at large are going through at the moment. I shall try my very best to lead our country towards a future that fulfils the hopes and legitimate ambitions of our people."

 From His Excellency Inauguration Speech (July 17th, 2000)

 “Freedom has become a set target in all countries of the world and for all peoples more than anytime before. It turned into a subject of political auction by many regimes, parties and other different organizations. Freedom remains as essential subject in life.”

 From HE’s Speech to the 9th BASP Regional Conference,  (June 21, 2000)

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

 

 

"Honourable Syrians, Free Syrian Revolutionaries, three years and four months have passed since some declared, on your behalf: “The People want.” Yes, The People wanted…. The People decided…The People took action. A few years ago, some called for freedom – your response was to remain free in the age of subservience, to be masters in the age of slaves.  They patronized you with their calls for democracy – your response was to show your will in the most democratic manner possible and refuse foreign intervention in your national affairs; you chose your constitution, you chose your parliament, you chose your president.  Throughout, the decision was yours and your will has created our democracy."

From H.E. President Al-Assad 2014 inauguration speech, July 16, 2014.

"They chanted: “The Syrian people are united”– your response was to face their storm of sedition, never allowing the winds of division to poison your hearts and minds; you were truly one people with one heart. They preached: “They bow only before Allah”–your response was to never bow before their masters, to never surrender, to never give up.  You stood fast and held fast to your homeland, always believing in one God, a God who doesn’t share His powers with super-nations and who can never be substituted for oil or dollars. And when they said; “Allahu Akbar” – God was greater than them and their supporters, because God is always on the side of justice and justice is on the side of the people."

From H.E. President Al-Assad 2014 inauguration speech, July 16, 2014.

"They will never find real answers because they depended on lackeys and agents. They did not know or understand how to deal with masters and honourable and patriotic people, and that is why they are more capable of understanding the terms of subservience, humiliation and dependence. They are unable to interpret the true meaning of honour, sovereignty and freedom.  Those who want to predict the behavior and reaction of an ancient and civilized people should have the same historical and civilizational depth in order to fathom a great people’s strength and tenacity; this shows itself only in great national crises and at crucial historical junctures."

From H.E. President Al-Assad 2014 inauguration speech, July 16, 2014.

"Of course, the solution cannot be anything but radical.  There cannot be a partial solution.  A partial solution is like no solution at all.  This condition you are referring to, was a source of concern for us at the beginning of the crisis when we warned that what was happening had nothing to do with peaceful demonstrations, reform or democracy.   Many people inside and outside Syria did not believe that.  Now everybody, with no exception, is concerned, regardless of their political affiliation.  Even those who provided an incubator to the terrorists and the armed groups, and before them to the anarchists and saboteurs, before terrorism took its stark shape, know this.  Even these people have started to complain and look for a solution.  Of course, better late than never; the solution, no matter how late, cannot be impossible, but it will be more difficult and more costly."

From H.E. President Al-Assad’s interview with Tishreen Paper October 6,2013.

"You cannot talk about reform and democracy while the ideologies are single-minded ideologies that don't accept any other one, because democracy, real democracy, is about accepting the others. Start by accepting the other, first of all, especially in a diverse society. So, I can say that we are still having the same will to move forward in that regard according to our reality. So, the scope of the reform will be limited by our reality."

From H.E. President AL-Assad’s Rai News Interview, September 29,2013.

"such a  creative interaction and national cohesion exists in the resistance Syria between our hero Army and dignified people as the essence of our success and title of our heroic steadfastness."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad’s Army Day Speech ,August 1,2013.

"the Syrian martyrs, martyrs families, and the Syrians at large, who embody through their cohesiveness and integration with the Army a unique example for national unity, amity and fraternity."

From H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad’s Army Day Speech ,August 1,2013.

"This attempted erosion is targeting our national unity, our infrastructure, our economy and the services that the state has always provided. Those who are hostile to Syria would happily watch its destruction, even in the long run. Another reason for western countries to support terrorism in Syria is their belief that these terrorist groups, which have been a security threat to them for decades, can be killed in Syria, hence shifting the battleground away from their own countries and destroying Syria in the process."

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with al-Thawra Newspaper, July 4,2013."Beyond hypocrisy is when you talk about democracy and your closest allies are the worst autocratic regimes in the world that belong to the medieval centuries. This is hypocrisy!"

From H.E. President Al-Assad's Interview with The Sunday Times, March 4, 2013.

 

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim