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Full article http://english.aljazeera.net/news/mi...737507793.htmlAssad blames 'conspirators' for Syria unrest
Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, has blamed "conspirators" for two weeks of anti-government protests that have rocked the nation.
In his first address to the nation since the start of a violent crackdown on the protests, Assad said Syria was going through a "test of unity".
"I belong to the Syrian people, and whoever belongs to the Syrian people will always keep his head high," he said in the televised address before members of parliament in the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday.
"I know that the Syrian people have been awaiting this speech since last week, but I was waiting to get the full picture... to avoid giving an emotional address that would put the people at ease but have no real effect, at a time when our enemies are targeting Syria," he said.
Assad entered parliament to a mass of cheering crowds outside the building. Once inside, legislators chanted "God, Syria and Bashar only!'' and "our souls, our blood we sacrifice for you Bashar.''
He said "conspirators" have tried to reinforce sectarianism to incite hatred and "bring down Syria".
It seems he didn't publicly say who these "conspirators" are, but I wouldn't have been surprised if he would have blamed "zionists" or "West". Although Assad does seem more pragmatic than, say, Ahmadinejad (Syria is after all a secular muslim country) so his rhetoric is not as extreme.
My artificial intelligence says it's those darned juice, always has been.
Nope. Sunnis cant colloborate with Israel or vice versa . Why Israel wishes sunnis instead of Assad regime .
You are right . But all groups have no significance as much as sunni Araps . BTW Syrian Kurds have no citizenship rights and ID cards. they are kind of second class people in there and cant be MP or state offciers , no voting and election rights.A bit less simple, you also have Druze, Christians (including Assyrians), Kurds. It's a rather diverse place.
And Jews, though there are no Juice in the ME, all came from Europe
Well the only country i feel sorry for in the Middle East is Israel. After all these internal conflicts within their neighbouring states it might shift towards Israel!
Alawites + other shiites make up about 13-15% of the population, christians about 10%, druze - 2-3% and sunni arabs and kurds about 73-75%