Bizarre Charlie Rose to 'Butcher' Assad: No One's Calls You A 'Reformer' Anymore

September 9, 2013 - 5:13 PM
Bizarre Charlie Rose to 'Butcher' Assad: No One's Calls You A 'Reformer' Anymore

From the 9 September 2013 edition of CBS This Morning:

CHARLIE ROSE (from pre-recorded interview): When I first interviewed you, there was talk of 'Bashar al-Assad – he's the hope. He's the reformer.' That's not what they say anymore....now they say – their words – a 'butcher' – comparisons to the worst dictators ever to walk on the face of the earth...Everything they could say bad about a dictator, they're now saying about you.

BASHAR AL-ASSAD, PRESIDENT OF SYRIA: ...[Y]ou have a doctor who cut the leg to prevent the patient from the gangrene, if you have to – we don't call him butcher. We call him doctor, and you – thank you for saving their lives...when you have a war, you always – always have innocent lives that could be the victim of any war.