An hour with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

with Bashar al-Assad
in Current Affairs
on Monday, March 27, 2006 * * * * *

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From Damascus, an hour conversation with the president of Syria Bashar al-Assad. He discusses the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the political climate in Syria, the future of the country and its relationship to its bordering states and the United States. He also shares his thoughts on the broader issues of the war in Iraq and terrorism.

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Iraq
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Syrian intelligence
Syrian politics
Iran
Lebanon
Rafik Hariri
Arab World
al-Shaab Palace
Middle East
U.S foreign policy
Damascus
Syria

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    1. marcos  05/30/2010 05:07 AM Report

      he has a clear vision to current affairs,i watched his interview in 2006 and he was honest and clear about all affairs and he is today 2010

    2. jgarbuz  05/28/2010 09:03 PM Report

      Charlie Rose is certainly one the best interviewers in TV history. But the only bone I have to pick with him, and others, when engaging important Muslim leaders, such as Ahmadinejad, Erdogan, Assad, and others is why Mr. Rose does not ask them the central question in the Arab-Israeli conflict: when will the Arab Muslim states recognize the RIGHT of the JEWISH STATE to exist in peace? The UN General Assembly vote of November 29th, 1947 specifically authorized the right of a "Jewish State" and an "Arab state" to come into being alongside each other in the territory of Mandatory Palestine. Yet no Palestinian or other Muslim Arab leader has ever expressed willingness to accept and utter the words "Jewish state." Why is this significant? My mother was born in Poland at the outbreak of WWI in 1914. After WWI independent Poland was reborn, and after a period of struggle was recognized by Germany and the USSR. There was an exchange of embassies and trade. But in 1939, Hitler and Stalin tore Poland in half, and my family bore the tragic consequences of that FROM BOTH SIDES.

      One can dance around this conflict for the next thousand years, but if the Arab and Muslim states do not recognize the RIGHT of a JEWISH STATE to exist in peace, there will never peace in this region for anyone.

    3. Anne Nattimba-Ddamulira  08/24/2008 02:31 PM Report

      Dear President Bashar-al-Assad

      I ask you kindly help Baganda tribe since colonial time this tribe have been abused, torture and killed by other tribe in Uganda up to now this is still going on. Land grabbing started in colonial time, when they left the neighboring tribes picked from where the colonial stopped. This has to stop but Baganda alone can not stop the abuse this abuse is supported by some supper power there fore the King of Buganda and Baganda need allience and support. Please please help us Buganda used to be A MUSLIM kINGDOM AND IT USED TO BE VERY PEACEFUL. For more information on Buganda kingdom contact www. Buganda kingdom. If you can help any any other please contact the King of Buganda or me Ican pass the message aid will be appreciated especially army training we can mobilize our people. Thank you very much for taking time to read this letter and I am looking forward to hear from you. Anne Nattimba- Ddamulira

      I live in London on this Dress 7 BOUNDARY COURT, SNELLS PARK, LONDON N18 2TB

    4. Peter Muer  08/10/2008 01:19 AM Report

      Syria is a very dangerous nation that has supported terrorists and enemies of the United

      States for over three decades. The unfortunate

      thing is the world community and political

      leaders are often fooled by tryants just long

      enough for terrible wars to start.

    5. Comeon  07/11/2008 08:45 AM Report

      This why i dont like Charlie Rose, he interviews dictators and helps them get a better image. Bashar al Assad should end up like Sadam Hussein and it doesnt matter how intellectuall he sounds when he speaks out what his political advisors has told him to say.

    6. Alberto del Calvo, Jr.  09/28/2007 12:22 PM Report

      A thoroughly delightful interview, Mr. Rose. Syria is a very misunderstood country in the world. What must be remembered in this age of Islamo-fascists is that Syria's government and Baath party are very secular and perhaps in furthering the influence of moderate securalists throughout the Middle East, it might be useful to engage Syria's government, for a much broader promotion of the West's interest in the region.

    7. tim kelley  09/13/2007 12:57 AM Report

      What do the Palestinians and Democrats have in common- "Irrational Hatred" -Palestinians of the Jews and the Democrats of Bush. The Age of Reason is long gone in public discourse.

    8. tim kelley  09/13/2007 12:51 AM Report

      The guy is not a democraticaly elected president is he??? then what do we care what some despotic thug thinks

    9. Carol J  09/03/2007 09:38 PM Report

      It is very interesting to read these comments after viewing the video. We have different opinons of this man, from good to bad. I was delighted he kept saying you have to listen to both sides, and we know there is 2 sides to every story. He was right when he said the Bush administration was only interested in their interest and did not want to listen to any other people.

    10. Kate Makinney  08/17/2007 12:56 AM Report

      This interview is kind of scary. He says you have to be rational, look at reality and then he says he's willing to recognize Israel if they allow their country to be majority ruled by "right of return" of Palestinians. Which isn't logical. Then he avoids the holocaust question by making the moral equivalence argument, that Israel's war with Palestine is the same thing. Huh, note to Bashar: they aren't gassing Palestinians with the goal of genocide. I think Charlie tried, but really didn't go after his inconsistencies and at the bottom of it, irrational hate of the Jews.

    11. Al Olmstead  07/23/2007 06:41 AM Report

      Of course the President of Syria, like the President of any nation, would show his best face to the press; so I am not impressed by his gracious manner. Instead, by stark contrast with this man, I am very impressed with the ever more obvious truth that his American counterpart possesses no quality of intellect, character or emotion that enables him to function effectively in the Middle East. Mr. Bush is as a child running loose in the control room of the Middle East nuclear reactor.

    12. Christopher  07/23/2007 02:44 AM Report

      I find that al-Assad was very weak in his views on the Holacast. I thought his comparison between the Israeli treatement of Palestinians and NAZI's of the Jews was an extreme flaw in reasonning. It is a major indicator of his moral weakness, and also, I think it shows how the population he directs feels as no doubt, opinion leaders in his country will see this broadcast.

      Though his perspective on how he views terrorism were interesting, especially how he views Hezbollah and Hamas

    13. aubra  07/16/2007 09:20 AM Report

      educational.

    14. gdelaguardia  07/12/2007 09:40 PM Report

      Very articulate. Not what I have come to expect based on what I have read mainly on American media reports and TV. Good job Charlie Rose.

    15. Robert Philbin  07/05/2007 07:59 PM Report

      Excellent discussion with an insightful regional leader. Mr. al-Assad has much to offer to the peace process in the Middle East, and we Americans need to be hearing more from him (and other regional leaders)to better understand how we ended up with our failed policy there. Al-Assad's respect for the United States is obvious and it suggests we need to more skillfully exercise our hegemony throughout the region. Thank you.

      Robert Philbin

    16. Robert Philbin  07/05/2007 07:59 PM Report

      Excellent discussion with an insightful regional leader. Mr. al-Assad has much to offer to the peace process in the Middle East, and we Americans need to be hearing more from him (and other regional leaders)to better understand how we ended up with our failed policy there. Al-Assad's respect for the United States is obvious and it suggests we need to more skillfully exercise our hegemony throughout the region. Thank you.

      Robert Philbin

    17. shawron  05/13/2007 01:23 PM Report

      he mentions that the Lebanese didn't resist Syria's occupation, that's because he would slaughter anyone linked to this.