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Bashar Al-Assad quotes and sayings on Syria, institution, reform, country, Lebanon, ethnic, diversity, citizens, security, mistakes, Israel, etc.

39 Interesting Quotes By Bashar Al-Assad

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Bashar al-Assad is the President of Syria since 2000. He succeeded his father, Ḥafiz al-Assad, who ruled Syria from 1971 to 2000. Bashar is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the General Secretary of the 'Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party.' Many political observers initially believed that his rule would bring an era of democracy, reforms and economic revival in Syria, but Bashar largely followed his father’s authoritarian methods of rule. As a result of his authoritarian rule and other developments in the region, Assad faced an uprising in 2011, which evolved into a civil war. We have curated his famous quotations and sayings from his interviews, speeches, and interactions on subjects, such as Syria, institution, reform, country, Lebanon, ethnic, diversity, citizens, security, mistakes, Israel, etc.

As soon as the legitimate Lebanese government is convinced that the conditions have ripened and that Lebanon is able to maintain stability on its own... Then, the Syrian forces will return to their homeland.

- Bashar al Assad

Hizbullah is not a militia.

- Bashar al Assad

Israel ranks her priorities in the following way: security, land, and water.

- Bashar al Assad

We are dealing with treachery and threats, which accompanied the establishment of Israel.

- Bashar al Assad

It is natural that we should always expect an Israeli attack, even when it does not threaten.

- Bashar al Assad

None of us and none of the Arabs trust Israel.

- Bashar al Assad

It would be a mistake to link anything that Israel does to a certain circumstance. And it is a mistake to feel comfortable in any circumstance just because Israel did not act on it.

- Bashar al Assad

But the issue has to do with land, which is our land.

- Bashar al Assad

The most significant indicator that there is no disaster in Iraq is the fact that there is no exodus.

- Bashar al Assad

Lebanon was under Israeli occupation, up to its capital, but we did not consider that a disaster. Why? Because it was very clear that there are ways to resist.

- Bashar al Assad

When Lebanon started its resistance it was a small and divided country.

- Bashar al Assad

America is interested in re-arranging the region as it sees fit.

- Bashar al Assad

Israeli interests are not necessarily in harmony with the American interests.

- Bashar al Assad

Despite the ethnic diversity within each nation, the social fabric of the region by and large is one.

- Bashar al Assad

Today, the Iraqi citizen sees that America is coming and wants to occupy his country and kill him, and he is willing to experience for himself what happened in Palestine.

- Bashar al Assad

It should be known that Israel is based on treachery.

- Bashar al Assad

Israel does not care about the international public opinion.

- Bashar al Assad

Worry does not mean fear, but readiness for the confrontation.

- Bashar al Assad

You in Lebanon, your power is no match to Israel. Israel, militarily, is more powerful than you and maybe it is more powerful than all the Arab countries, or most of them.

- Bashar al Assad

The U.S. and Britain are incapable of controlling all of Iraq.

- Bashar al Assad

Armies are not only for offensives.

- Bashar al Assad

When our interests matched, the Americans have been good to us, and when the interests differed, they wanted us to mold ourselves to them, which we refused.

- Bashar al Assad

We believe that Lebanon has been the first real experience for all the Arabs.

- Bashar al Assad

Syria is geographically and politically in the middle of the Middle East.

- Bashar al Assad

No doubt that the U.S. is a super-power capable of conquering a relatively small country, but is it able to control it?

- Bashar al Assad

The problem with the West is that they start with political reform going towards democracy. If you want to go towards democracy, the first thing is to involve the people in decision making, not to make it.

- Bashar al Assad

Since its very inception, Israel has been a threat.

- Bashar al Assad

We have more difficult circumstances than most of the Arab countries but in spite of that Syria is stable. Why? Because you have to be very closely linked to the beliefs of the people. This is the core issue.

- Bashar al Assad

The problem is not the occupation, but how people deal with it.

- Bashar al Assad

I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country.

- Bashar al Assad

As far as we are concerned, we Syria have not changed.

- Bashar al Assad

It is even more so when it comes to Iraq, which is a large Arab country with scientific, material, and human resources and is able to accomplish, at the least, what Lebanon accomplished, and more.

- Bashar al Assad

We, in Syria, our point of view stems from our experience.

- Bashar al Assad

Is there an equality of power between America and Iraq? Definitely not; however, the Iraqi people are standing fast and are defending their land courageously.

- Bashar al Assad

The logical thing is to implement the Arab Defense Agreement.

- Bashar al Assad

The Israeli lobby has clout in the U.S., which means that re-arranging the region and controlling its resources one way or another, will serve Israel through its control over the American administration.

- Bashar al Assad

When we analyze this war in a materialistic way and ask when is it going to end and who will be the winner and the loser, it means that we do not see the endgame.

- Bashar al Assad

You cannot reform your society or institution without opening your mind.

- Bashar al Assad

I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria.

- Bashar al Assad