Friday, November 9, 2012
RT TV interviews Syrian President Bashar Assad
Comment: This is the first full-length interview of Bashar Assad I have seen and I have to admit that I am favorably impressed: while Assad does not strike me as particularly impressive, he is most definitely not a clown like Gaddafi or megalomaniac like Saddam. Sofiko Shevarnadze did an excellent job of asking him the right questions, and he did a rather good job answering them. What I miss most in this interview is a sense of vision on his part: all I hear is a determination to go on fighting, but without any explicit rationale about how a victory could be achieved. Frankly, at this point, I don't see him prevailing against US/NATO unless the conflict spreads beyond its current borders.