Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad may be considering a request for political asylum in Latin America, according to a report by Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
The paper notes a series of meetings by Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdal in Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador may indicate preliminary discussions for Assad's exit. The Syrian representative reportedly handed classified personal letters from Assad to the countries' leaders....
In November, Assad told the Russian news website Russia Today he was not considering leaving Syria. “I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country,” Assad said. “I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria."
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the Associated Press during a conference in Doha the U.N. does not consider an asylum deal for Assad a viable way to end the Syrian conflict.
By Eline Gordts | Posted: 12/05/2012 2:01 pm EST Updated: 12/05/2012 2:01 pm EST
“I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country,” Assad said. “I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria."
Looks like Bashar may be reconsidering, but he is too proud to leave in my opinion. Like he said he wants to die in Syria, perhaps he will get his wish soon. If he does get asylum I hope whichever government host him realizes their hosting one of the most evil tyrants in history. He may escape prosecution but he will not escape persecution and history will never forget his crimes. In my opinion though to let this man escape prosecution or death in battle is an injustice to every Syrian murdered, tortured, raped, robbed, abused, and harassed by this regime. This man does not deserve to die a free man. The worlds overwhelming primary goal should be to see the crimes against humanity occurring in Syria to stop and if that requires letting some evil men escape justice then so be it. It is more important that the Syrian people be allowed to live then condemned men to be imprisoned or die. Whatever happens history suggest most reap what they sow, so I do not believe Bashar al-Assad will die a peaceful old age. Rather the rest of his miserable life will be almost nothing but misery.