Just in case you thought that Donald Trump was off his rocker for being worried about the dangers of taking in refugees from Syria and other war-torn Muslim nations, here comes Syrian President Bashar Assad to explain why you should be very worried.
In a conversation with journalist Michael Isikoff, Assad explained that he was absolutely certain that terrorists had infiltrated the ranks of Syrian refugees and made their way West into Europe and perhaps even the United States,
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“You can find it on the net. The same picture that you saw them, in some cases … those terrorists in Syria, holding the machine gun or killing people, they are peaceful refugees in Europe or in the West,” Assad told Isikoff. Isikoff then asked how many terrorists had merged with the refugees and if that number was “significant.” Assad explained that there was no way of knowing how many had infiltrated the West already but that it didn’t really matter, because “you don’t need a significant number to commit atrocities.” Assad used the 9/11 attacks to show that it only takes a few ill-intentioned terrorists to do a horrific amount of damage. “It’s not about the number, it’s about the quality, it’s about the intentions,” Assad argued.
Finally, Isikoff wondered if given this new information, President Trump was right to call for a pause in migration from Syria and other nations overrun by terrorists. Assad would not say for certain, but he seemed to come down on Trump’s side, noting that as President his job is to protect his citizens, not necessarily to take in refugees.
“I am not American to justify it, only as American people would say this is against the interests of the United States or [in their] interest,” Assad said. “I can only speak as president, for me the priority is to bring those citizens to their country, not to help them immigrate.”
You can see the portion of the interview below: