Assad Must Stay: ‘A War Involving Fighters From 86 Countries Isn’t a Civil War’

Monday, April 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

Only days before the US made its decision to carry out cruise missile strikes against Syria, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley dug up some Obama-era rhetoric that Syrian President Bashar Assad must go. In response, Syrian Ambassador to Ukraine Hassan Haddur explained why the US pretext for toppling the Syrian government is completely nonsensical.

Last Monday, a day before the suspected chemical attack in the town of Khan Shaykhun in rebel-held Idlib province, and a few days more before the US launched dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Ash Sha’irat airbase in Homs province, Ambassador Haley told reporters that Syrians don’t want Assad as president anymore.

Washington, she said, would find it unacceptable for Assad to remain president after elections. “We don’t think the people want Assad anymore. We don’t think he is going to be someone that people will want to have,” Haley noted, indirectly responding to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s earlier comments that the president’s status would be determined by the Syrian people.

“We have no love for Assad. We’ve made that very clear. We think that he has been a hindrance to peace for a long time. He’s a war criminal. What he’s done to his people is nothing more than disgusting,” Haley added, as if to preempt the rest of the week’s events. The US immediately blamed the Syrian government for Tuesday’s chemical attack, despite ample evidence that Damascus wasn’t involved, and went on to rain cruise missiles down on the country just two days later.

Offering a detailed response to the UN envoy, Syrian diplomat Hassan Haddur explained to Ukraine’s ‘2000’ newspaper why Haley’s opinion about the views of the ‘Syrian people’ has absolutely no merit.

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