Following calls for military action over the alleged use of chemical weapons on a rebel controlled area on August 21, embattled Syrian President, Bashar al Assad has threatened that a strike on his country by the United States and its allies would provoke a regional war. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Assad was quoted as saying that Syria has challenged the U.S. and France to provide proof to support their allegations, but that their leaders “have been incapable of doing that, including before their own peoples.”
Assad said “if the Americans, the French or the British had a shred of proof, they would have shown it beginning on the first day.”
While describing American President, Barack Obama as a “weak” person who has succumbed to the domestic political pressure of his country, Assad said “we believe that a strong man is one who prevents war, not one who inflames it.”
While the United States claims to have proof that the Assad regime was behind the chemical attacks that killed at least 1,429 people, including more than 400 children, the Syrian government has denied the allegations, and blamed opposition fighters.
In the interview with Le Figaro, Assad questioned whether an attack took place at all and refused to categorically state whether his forces have chemical weapons or not.
He was also quick to answer that If the U.S. and France strike, “everyone will lose control of the situation … Chaos and extremism will spread. The risk of a regional war exists.”
In the Syrian leader’s opinion, “all the accusations are based on allegations of the terrorists and on arbitrary videos posted on the Internet.”
Iran and Russia are countries that have spoken against the proposed strike against Syria. Iran had earlier threatened that if Syria comes under attack, it would be left with no choice but to attack Israel.