Bashar Assad a tyrant, says US

2013-02-02 21:01

Berlin - US Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday the US and its partners were pushing to help strengthen the Syrian opposition, insisting Syrian President Bashar Assad was a "tyrant" and must go.

Biden was speaking on the second day of security talks in the German city of Munich, where he is later due to hold talks on Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Syrian opposition chief Moaz al-Khatib.

The US has provided "more than $50m in non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition and are working alongside our partners to help them become more inclusive and cohesive", he said.

But he referred to recent comments by US President Barack Obama, saying: "We are under no allusions, the days ahead will continue to be very difficult but the opposition continues to grow stronger.

"President Obama and I, and nearly all of our partners and allies, are convinced that President Assad, a tyrant, hell-bent on clinging to power, is no longer fit to lead the Syrian people and he must go.

"We can all agree... on the increasingly desperate plight of the Syrian people and the responsibility of the international community to address that plight," he added.

He said it was "no secret" that Russia and the US have "serious differences" on issues such as Syria.

  • sagebrush.bush - 2013-02-02 21:07

    One wonders if a new regime will be any better than the present as Muslem governments seem to struggle to keep things together.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-03 05:16

      . It is NOT 'keep it together, BUT, 'put it together. Dictators destroy EVERYTHING remotely to do with democracy, including that of the security forces and that of the judiciary!! The road from a dictatorship to a democracy is long and hard, but in previous dictatorships, like Tunesia, Egypt and Libya, one will find hardy onyone, who wants to go back to the 'good old days' !!!!!

  • Amy - 2013-02-02 21:21

    Oh joy America is looking for more puppets.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-03 08:36

      It is either great minds thinking alike or fools without the wit to differ, I obviously prefer the former!

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-03 09:06

    They hate tyrants don't they. Except those that run Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, Colombia etc.... The US has become a global Tyranny, using lies, greed and military violence to intimidate sovereign governments, to prop up tyrants and to steal any resources that poor people may have beneath their soil. Oh, Bashar is indeed a tyrant!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-03 09:49

      . The ironi is, that if your heroes, these Russian bastards, and these slimy Chinese,and not forget those Iranian terrorists, had not interfered in the POPULAR UPRISING in Syria, other tyrants in the ME, would now be on their way out. But, this is all too much for you to understand, and I don't feel obliged to put some sense in your head, wich is bloated full of HATRED, RACISM AND FILTH !!!!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-03 10:24

      There's nothing popular about the so called uprising in Syria! Just insults and nothing relevant to add to the thread then?...makes a change.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-03 10:51

      Fidel, It is only the ignorant, dumb and stupid who would say that there is no masive oppoition to this assad family. They come from a tiny MINORITY tribe, and came to power through violence! Daddy and his rotten son, are now responsible for the death of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND Syrians, sothat they could cling to power !!! For FIFTY YEARS, Syria has had ( one of ) the MOST OPPRESIVE REGIMES in modern history !! NO press freedom, including the internet !!! No freedom of movement, No freedom of association, NO FREEDOM WHATSOEVER !!!!! AND TENS OF THOUSANDS IN JAIL; Their crime??===They want a different leadership. NO OPPOSITION ???????? How pathethic can one be ?????????????????????

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-03 11:19

      "NO OPPOSITION ????????" Reading is truly not your forte. Respond to what I write, and not what you want to refute. I think you might need to read my post again, as you've completely overlooked what I was saying.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-03 11:34

      . No, you read your last two hundred posts re Syria!! You clown !!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-02-03 11:35

      Anthony may well be responding to what you say in general and prolificary, rather than just your above comment.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2013-02-03 11:39

      prolificary = Prolifically

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-03 12:03

      That neither supports his point nor detracts from mine. Putting fact to my above statement, that he's responding to what he wants to refute (based on previous posts), i.e. being off based. He should try and stick to the debate at hand!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-03 12:39

      WHY ????? Because YOU say so ???????

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-03 12:57

      That is the essence of intelligent debate, obviously something that your addled brains aren't able to comprehend! Commiserations to yours and yours only!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-03 14:15

      . Whatever it is fine, as long as you are not again going to explain what 'trolling' is, and tell me that a bad peace is better than a good war, or some sh.t like that !!!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-03 15:48

      I'm fond of a good swear myself but don't want to look as if I'm trying to get in the gutter alongside you!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-03 19:23

      . Don't worry, Patrick is around, with his box of 'thumbs' !!!!!

  • jobe.mkhatywa - 2013-02-03 12:22

    Obama is a saint

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-03 16:27

    Yes folks, see the beginnings of a huge war on the horizon...God i pray you protect the innocent children

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-03 19:39

      Robert, Sorry to say, but your God has forgotten the children of Syria!! Estimates of deaths in the Syrian civil war, per opposition activist groups, vary between 50,130[1] and 64,045,[1][2] the later figure combining several sources. On 2 January 2013, the United Nations put out an estimate of 60,000 that had died in the war. UNICEF reported that over 500 CHILDREN have been killed by early February "2012". Another 400 CHILDREN have been reportedly ARRESTED AND TORTURED in Syrian prisons. Additionally, over 600 DETAINEES AND POLITICAL PRISONERS have died under torture. By 28 January 2013, the opposition activist group SOHR reported the number of CHILDREN killed in the conflict had risen to """"3,703"""" while at the same time """"2,137"""" WOMEN were also killed.

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