Last week, the world was shocked and saddened at the news that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had given the green light for a chemical attack to be launched in the town of Khan Sheikhun, one which killed and disfigured several children. The nation’s leader, however, is insisting that the whole event was fabricated in order to “justify” the following airstrike on his country at the hands of Donald Trump’s government.
According to The Australian, Bashar al-Assad spoke exclusively to AFP and was adamant that all of Syria’s chemical weapons were surrendered years ago, and that his government would never break the law and use them regardless. He went on to accuse western countries, particularly the United States, of being “hand-in-glove with the terrorists” and inventing the story of the chemical attack in order to have a reason to orchestrate an airstrike on his country.
The “evidence,” as he refers to it quite loosely, of his own nuclear attack came from Al-Qaeda sources, the president believes. The extremist group is one of several which controls the Idlib province, where Khan Sheikhun is located, therefore Bashar al-Assad is certain they would have influence when it comes to peddling this “fabrication” to international media sources.
As reported by PRI, the 51-year-old went on to say that U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is “hallucinating” in regards to his recent remark that Bashar al-Assad’s reign was rapidly coming to an end, due to the international outcry over the past six years concerning his war crimes and human rights abuses. In fact, the Damuscus native says he has not lost any sleep over the matter, and if he has it is only due to the people of his country currently suffering due to the “propaganda” being spread by the United States.
After last Tuesday’s chemical attack, photographs of either deceased or horribly injured children began to go viral throughout the internet and social media, but Assad denies the legitimacy of these as well. The Independent reveals that Syria’s leader has stated extremely matter-of-factly that these photographs were created in order to further tarnish his reputation, and that no children were killed or harmed as a result of the incident because there was no incident in the first place.
Bashar al-Assad has been in power for the last 17 years, and as much as millions around the world want him ousted, other political leaders do not feel it is a good idea to rush this decision. Last week, Australian ambassador Robert Bowker admitted that while the Syrian president has committed quite atrocious acts and it would be ideal for him to no longer be in power, forcing an impeachment or suchlike could lead to an even more dangerous person taking his place.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow
Photo Courtesy President Assad Official Website