Bashar al-Assad was raised in Syria where his daddy was an important man who happened to run the country-with an iron fist. Bashar grew up believing the Assad family ran the country, did what was best for Syrians and did not require any advice from any person whose name was not Assad. So, it is not a suprise when Bashar told those who advise him to depart –with safe conduct- from his beloved fiefdom. As far as Bashar is concerned, the rest of the world can to to hell, but he intends to remain in charge.
“I am not a puppet. I was not made by the Wes to to to the West or any other country. I am a Syrian. I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria.” As far as Bashar is concerned, “we are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region” and he doubts any Western intervention.
I am a bit confused. Bashar lived in England for many years, I think that is a nation in the west. He even learned to speak English. Of course, he does have responsibilities. If he departs who will be around to kill Syrians? In fact, he cares so much about Syrians he wants to speed up their time in Heaven.