Assad slams ''fanatics'' in Bush administration, says Israel is ''terrorist state''
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday described members of President George W. Bush's administration as "fanatics" and warmongers.
Assad told the 10th Islamic Summit Conference in Malaysia that the September 2001 attacks on the United States "provided the opportunity and pretext for a group of fanatics and ill-intentioned people to attack human values and principles."
"Those fanatics revealed their brutal vision of human society and started to market the principle of force instead of dialogue, oppression instead of justices and racism instead of tolerance," the Syrian leader said. "They even began to create an ugly illusionary enemy which they called 'Islam', and made it appear as if it is Islam while Islam is completely innocent of it."
"They added to our dictionaries a new term of which we had never heard throughout history and that is ‘Islamic Terrorism’ with the aim was to link terrorism to Islam," al Assad conveyed.
Regarding the Palestinian situation, he said that Israel is a "terrorist state", which was established on terrorism. Therefore, he said, the Palestinian resistance is a natural right and legitimate act as a form of self-defence. (Albawaba.com)
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