Syria's Assad vows 'iron fist' against 'conspiracy'
The dummy also mocked the Arab League which, considering the fact that their sanctions are destroying the Syrian economy, is probably not a good idea.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed Tuesday to strike "terrorists" with an iron fist and derided the Arab League for its attempts to halt violence in a 10-month-old revolt against his rule.
The president's 100-minute speech, his first public address since June, contained vague promises of reform, but no sweeping concessions that might split an opposition now determined to end more than four decades of domination by the Assad family.
Assad, 46, offered a referendum on a new constitution in March before a multi-party parliamentary election that has been much postponed. Under the present constitution, Assad's Baath party is designated as "the leader of the state and society."
But the Syrian leader gave no sign that he was willing to relinquish the power he inherited on his father's death in 2000.
"I am not someone who abandons responsibility," he declared.
Assad made scathing remarks about the Arab League, which has sent monitors to check Syria's compliance with an Arab peace plan after suspending it from the 22-member body in November.
"The Arab League has failed for six decades to take a position in the Arab interest ... We should not be surprised," he said, while adding that Syria would not "close the door" to any Arab proposal that respected its sovereignty and unity.
Assad appears to be throwing in the towel as far as dealing with the Arab League is concerned. Over the weekend, several Arab League monitors were attacked by pro-Assad demonstrators - a clear sign that he wants them out, or defanged.
There appears to be nothing but blood - and a lot of it - in Syria's future.