The American broadcast journalist and author Barbara Walters was able to present an interview with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Of course, the actual situation and crisis in Syria was the main topic of the discussion between the ABC World News contributor Barbara Walters and Syrian President al-Assad.
While talking with Barbara Walters the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied any accusation and suggestion that he has ordered a bloody crackdown against the demonstrators in Syria. He also said that the most people who died until now were people from the Syrian army, security forces and normal citizens who supported the government.
The Syrian President also explained that he will not step down until his country faces such a violent and chaotic situation and that he is completely behind the reform process. He also talked about the sanctions which have been imposed on Syria by the West and the Arab League.
Meanwhile the interview with ABC News woman Barbara Walters the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was confronted with some accusations about stories of tortured and murdered civilians.
Before this interview, which took place in the Syrian capital Damascus, it has been clear that Barbara Walters will confront the Syrian President with such stories and evidence of tortured and murdered children. Finally these are questions that are more directly than questions Syrian journalists might ask.
After Barbara Walters told the Syrian President that she saw the pictures of arrested children herself, Bashar al Assad answered that “to be frank with you, Barbara, I don’t believe you”. Afterwards Walters asked him about the case of Hamza al-Khateeb. A young Syrian boy (13) who was allegedly detained by Syrian security forces after a protest. Afterwards the lifeless body of the boy was returned to his family.
Watch the first part – Barbara Walters & President al-Assad:
The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answered that violence happens in Syria by terrorists and not by the Syrian troops. He also denied that this boy had been tortured by his forces and explained that he has met with the father of the boy and that this father told him that his son wasn`t tortured as he appeared on al-Jazeera and so on.
The Syrian President had to talk about the United Nations (UN) report, too. While there is evidence that this report is far away from being objective and credible the Syrian President Al-Assad answered the ABC News woman Barbara Walters with the question, “Who said that the United Nations is a credible institution?” – Not surprising after such a questionable report which also is far away from being independent.
While this exclusive interview for ABC News, the Syrian President al-Assad also has conceded that some members of his security forces went too far, but also that they have been punished for their actions.
Finally Bashar al-Assad declared that they don`t kill their own people and that no government in the world kills its own people – unless it is led by a crazy person.
The whole attitude of the interview with Barbara Walters and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was no surprise at all. As well as the lack of objectivity in some articles about it.