Assad threatens regional war if Syria attacked by west

This is part bluff, part belief that Iran would come to his aid if the west decided it had a "responsibility to protect" Syrian civilians. Telegraph: In his first interview with a Western journalist since Syria's seven-month uprising began, President Assad told The Sunday Telegraph that intervention against his regime could cause "another Afghanistan". Western countries "are going to ratchet up the pressure, definitely," he said. "But Syria is different in every respect from Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen. The history is different. The politics is different. "Syria is the hub now in this region. It is the fault line, and if you play with the ground you will cause an earthquake ... Do you want to see another Afghanistan, or tens of Afghanistans? "Any problem in Syria will burn the whole region. If the plan is to divide Syria, that is to divide the whole region." [...] President Assad admitted that "many mistakes" had been made by his forces in the early part of the uprising, but insisted that...(Read Full Post)