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New Blood for Syria

In W.P. Norton on October 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

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President Bashar al-Assad: “new government means new blood”

“For the Syrian citizens, the new government means new blood; and new blood means new and great expectations. But for this blood not to become old in a short period of time, we need to renew it constantly.”

—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

April 17, 2011

President al-Assad’s Speech to the New Government,” (c) 2011, SANA, Syria’s official government news agency.

LEGALIZE DEMONSTRATIONS AND THERE WON’T BE ANY

“The last law proposed within this package made by the committee is allowing for people to demonstrate. When this package of laws is passed, there will no longer be a need to organize demonstrations in Syria.”

DENIAL IS NOT JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT

“In general terms, it is difficult to acknowledge failure, but we shouldn’t see it as difficult whether the failure is justified or unjustified. What is important is for us to be transparent. We should acknowledge that there are failures and mention the reasons. People understand when we are clear. But when we deny failure, this is failure itself.”

 

STATE OF INSECURITY

“Contrary to what some people believe – that lifting the state of emergency will create a security failure – I think that lifting the state of emergency will enhance security in Syria. It will achieve security while maintaining the dignity of the Syrian citizen.”

 

THEY ARE ALL MARTYRS

“I would like to say that the blood which has been spilled in Syria has pained us all. It pained the heart of every Syrian. We are sad for the loss of every Syrian and for all those who have been injured. We pray to God to provide solace to their families and friends. We consider them all martyrs, whether they were civilians, members of the police or the armed forces.”

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