UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the Italian television channel Rai24 that the country’s authorities for several decades were too tolerant of extremists, which ultimately led to war.
Answering the question of the leading channel, did the president make any mistakes during the government of the country, Assad said that the Syrian authorities, even nine years after the start of the conflict, adhere to exactly the same policy and do not consider it a mistake.
“If we talk about mistakes in the implementation of this policy, then, of course, there were many mistakes,” Assad said. According to him, the war in the country was the result of previous events, including extremism that arose in the region in the late 1960s and “accelerated” in the 1980s, especially Wahhabi ideology.
“If you want to discuss mistakes in relation to this problem: yes, I’ll say that we were too tolerant of a very dangerous issue. This is a big mistake that we have made for decades – I’m talking about various governments, including myself before the war”, Assad said in an interview.
Assad called the second cause of the war the presence of more than 50 thousand criminals who were not detained in the country by the beginning of the war. “For these criminals, the state is a natural enemy because they do not want to go to jail,” Assad explained.
The interview was broadcast on Syrian television channels on Monday after the Italian channel repeatedly postponed its broadcast. Assad’s press service called this decision an attempt by the West to hide the truth about the situation in Syria. The Italian media connect the story with the struggle within the leadership of the national media giant.
The armed conflict in Syria has been ongoing since 2011. At the end of 2017, a victory was announced over the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq. In some areas of the country, stripping from militants continues. At the moment, a political settlement, the restoration of Syria, and the return of refugees are in the forefront.
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