By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Reuters has released a sneak preview of an interview with Syrian leader Bashar Assad scheduled to be broadcast on Friday on Australia's SBS news channel.
The quotes are very damning -- damning of Western countries.
Assad is quoted as saying that Western countries condemn his government politically but then send security advisers to help fight ISIS and al Qaeda. He also gave a big dig to the United States saying that Western countries simply mimic what the US wants them to say.
One of the important revelations in this interview is that Assad tells the Australian media that their country, Australia, is among those countries who show their duplicity.
"They attack us politically and then they send officials to deal with us under the table, especially the security, including your (the Australian) government."
"They don't want to upset the United States. Actually most of the
Western officials, they only repeat what the United States want them to say. This is the reality."
It is befitting that Assad sees the world through his own unique lens - before becoming a ruthless dictator, he was, after all, a card carrying MD and licensed eye doctor.
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