Source of Interview with Assad: German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).
Source of Translation: "friday-lunch-club" blog.
"The Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad has warned the European nations against supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels. "If the Europeans deliver these weapons to Europe's backyard, and Europe will pay the price for it," Assad said in an exclusive interview with the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" in Damascus. "Hardened terrorists will learn how to use these weapons & return to Europe equipped with extremist ideology.": A series of arms shipments to the rebels would be exporting of terrorism to Europe, Assad said. Assad rejected the claim of the United States, Britain and France, the Syrian army had used poison gas. "Had Paris, London and Washington only one evidence for their claims, they would have submitted this to the world."..."Assad's point that, "Hardened terrorists will learn how to use these weapons & return to Europe equipped with extremist ideology," gets to the heart of the matter. This is exactly what European leaders want for Europe because they need an external enemy to justify their growing police states.
The terrorist threat also keeps their populations occupied with security rather than economic and justice issues. Fearful people rarely direct their anger at their own governments for incompetence and corruption, but at designated outsiders, in this case, radical Islamic terrorists.
For European governments, arming the Jihadists terrorists against Assad is a win-win. They see no drawback. They can take down an anti-imperialist government while at the same time prop up Islamic extremism which they can then use to keep their populations afraid for their lives and divert attention from the economic crisis.
This devious strategy was perfected by the U.S. government. The pro-Islamic extremism stance has benefited Washington in numerous ways. The claim that this generational policy is short-sighted is false. It is actually very smart and effective because it keeps the wheels of the war machine turning. The plan is meeting its objectives.
The cynical policymakers pursuing this policy are not interested in protecting the public good or the long-term national interests of the United States and European countries.