He believes his fascism is more tolerable than theirs.
In a way, and very slightly, he may be right.
Syria’s Assad Rejects Resignation Amid Fight With Islamists
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected calls to step down and criticized the U.S. and its European and Arab allies for not coordinating with him on the fight against Islamic State as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the civil war in his country.
“The president comes to power with the consent of the people, through elections, and he leaves at the request of the people, not by a decision of the U.S., the UN Security Council, the Geneva Conference or the Geneva Communique,” Assad said in an interview with Russian media, according to state-run RIA Novosti. “That’s my principle position.”
More than 250,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict since 2011, which has traumatized the Middle East, spilling into its neighbors, and provoked an exodus of refugees seeking safety in the European Union. While Islamic State controls as much as half of Syria, rebel militants trying to oust Assad backed by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are also gaining ground.
A coalition led by the U.S to fight Islamic State isn’t coordinating its actions with Syria and hasn’t contacted the government since last year, according to Assad. “We’re fighting, if it’s possible to say, a common enemy, striking the same targets in the same places without any coordination,” Assad said.
Syria is ready to collaborate with Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, the U.S. and other states, if the countries focus on fighting terrorists and stop shielding them, according to Assad.