December 5th, 2012
07:15 PM ET

Is Assad seeking asylum?

By Jamie Crawford

U.S. officials have said for months that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's days in power are numbered.

A fight to the death might seem a more plausible outcome as the carnage of the Syrian civil war approaches its second year.

But the idea of asylum in a third country is an option that is also emerging in questions over Assad's fate.

The complexities of a successful flight from Syria, however, could complicate any hope that Assad harbors for a clean get away.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Wednesday that Faisal al-Miqdad, the Syrian deputy foreign minister, recently traveled to Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador with personal letters from Assad looking at the possibility of political asylum for himself and his family if he were forced to leave Damascus.

But there is no indication that Assad is ready to abandon his powers yet, according to multiple sources in the United States, Europe and the Arab world. U.S. officials have made it clear that Assad's decision is in his own hands.

"That will require the Assad regime making the decision to participate in a political transition, ending the violence against his own people," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters while traveling to NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday.

"And we hope they do so because we believe, as you know, that their fall is inevitable," she said.

And the question of whether Assad seeks an offer of asylum is not as important for the United States, as are the responsibilities of the government that ultimately accepts him to make certain he is held accountable for the actions of his regime.

"A number of countries have offered" asylum to Assad, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said last month while declining to name specific countries. "We want to get him out of there so we can move on. That said, we also support accountability for him and for everybody else with blood on their hands."

And that certainly could be why Assad might find the three Latin American countries as an appealing destination.

While Cuba and Venezuela have made no secret of their anti-U.S. and western views over the years, Ecuador's leftist government has shown its resistance to U.S. policies as well, and could be hesitant to hand Assad over for prosecution.

Ecuador is currently offering WikiLeak's founder Julian Assange asylum in its British Embassy, as he resists extradition to Sweden.

But questions over the ultimate longevity of those governments might give Assad pause, some analysts say.

"Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba are countries where he could feel safe for the time being but he has to be concerned about a shift in the winds in any of those governments as well," Scott Horton, an international law expert at Columbia University, told CNN. "And certainly no one expects the regimes in those three states to continue indefinitely."

Saudi Arabia, which has a history of accepting repressive dictators like Uganda's Idi Amin and Tunisia's Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali into exile, is not likely to figure in Assad's calculus with the government in Riyadh currently assisting and arming the rebel groups that seek his overthrow.

For many analysts who follow the situation, they say Iran has gone to great lengths to keep the Assad government in power and likely would be the most hospitable to Assad's situation should he choose to leave Syria.

"President Assad could go multiple places throughout the world," Andrew Tabler, a long-time Syria watcher who spent years living in the country, told CNN. "The question is how long can he survive there, how long can he really live in security before someone goes after him and his family, and Tehran is safer."

With Assad's Syria seen as Iran's principal ally in the Arab world and a conduit to its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iran likely would not have much interest in Assad leaving while still holding significant portions of Syria within his grip.

Russia, with its long time support for Assad and opposition to international efforts to oust him from power, has been mentioned as another possible destination for Assad. But that, too, may be a dwindling option.

"I think that the Russians at the moment are realizing that they are going to have to deal with a new Syria," Tabler, now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy said. "It's going to be hard to deal with a new Syria when they are harboring, or possibly harboring the former president."

As countries make even informal offers of asylum to Assad, the United States continues to express what it believes is their responsibility to make sure that issues of Assad's accountability inside Syria are addressed.

"We've been quite clear publicly, and I would assume we've been equally clear privately," Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters on Wednesday.

But Assad's possible departure, while a welcome prospect to many in the international community, could open the door to even more instability in the country.

With the majority Sunni opposition enraged at the minority Alawite Assad regime for the many months of ruthless aerial and artillery strikes on civilians, analysts say his departure would likely hasten a scenario of revenge killings across the country on a much larger scale.

U.S. officials said they have long been planning for "the day after Assad" – such as training Jordanian troops to provide security. But for now, they just hope Syria will keep its chemical weapons under wraps.

In the end, Assad is still seen as having the vast support of his Alawite sect, that of the Iranian government, and with it, a ruthless ability to stay and fight to the end. Whether his inner core of support will ultimately see that as the best option, remains to be seen.

"The question is will his sect decide that President Assad has to leave as part of any transition in the country," Tabler said. "I think there is a real chance he will huddle along with his sect. The question is whether his sect will want to huddle with him or not."

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  1. john flynn

    most of the fighting has gone on in aleppo, syrias largest city-, at present is kind of a stale mate with the city basically surrounded by the rebel groups and the government army having to be supplied by air
    in the capital fighting is going on in the poorer areas -with goverment troops at check points all over- this has had the effect of allmost shut down commerce in damascus because it takes forever to get anywhere
    assad's support comes from the north of the country and the possiability that instead of leaving, he may go there and keep on fighting- also the kurdish parts of syria are trying to stay out of fight by protecting thier sections of the country by not letting both sides fight on their land
    saying that ,I think he will not last over a month or two

    December 8, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
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    December 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  3. mike

    People should start to realize that the Assad government is one of the last pillars in the middle east. The only reason Jordan hasnt joined in the mayhem in that part of the world is the presence of US troops/Aid/Advisers. Once the Syrian regime falls, I for one expect the region to descend into total chaos. If the Israelis thought they were 'surrounded by foes' before.....they have another thing coming. Take note that the Israeli government hasnt pushed publicly for 'democracy' in any of these countries? .....Sometimes the devil you know.....

    December 7, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • Assyrian

      Then why isreal is backing the outside killers vs Assad??????????????

      December 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  4. Soldier of Fortunes

    Assad needs to gas them all right – KNOCK OUT gas...nothing fatal...just nappy nap gas...then the civilians can get a nap and the terrorists can be gathered like the stray dogs they are and locked up...when they come to they will be asking "how did I get here" with Assad on the other side of the cell "I was wondering the same thing" poetic one dies!!!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  5. larry5

    Better to let him escape than force his hand and get people gassed.

    December 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  6. jgdghjggjg


    December 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • Sam

      He's losing. Why do you think he wants out????????

      December 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  7. Bayousara

    I pray that al Assad, his English-born wife, and their children perish in the war he started. Syria suffered through al Assad's father's "reign" for decades and now with his. His wife is just as guilty as he is, and they don't need their children getting a foothold as a leader in Syria.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • alumette

      why would you pray for such miserable act ? you should pray for good things and not the murder of innocent children. They have nothing to do with their father's political issues. History will move on as dictators fall and governments struggle. Evidently, now, all we see is struggle. Very sad.

      December 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply

    I'm surprised he hasn't tried to bring Israel into this. Fighting Israel is always a good way to swing world opinion in your favor.

    December 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Joe Jenkins

      Actually, the Jews and Assad/Alawits are friends. Ever heard of the Jews complain about Assad's WMDs? Nope. Assad beats up the masses, Jews are always afraid of the Masses. Jews are always hated by their neighbors, ... go as the Europeans, they will tell you why. Alawits will get assylum in Israel, Assad will be killed. Jews will lose a friend.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:26 am | Reply
  9. reertutefhut


    December 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • Sam

      Which of course makes no sense in relation to the article, but you knew that.

      December 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  10. pnpt

    assad has won he is not going anywhere...

    December 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • Blax

      you are an idiot.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
      • TooLeftTooRightJustMiddle

        Iv'e got benghazi bridges by the gross for sale for those thinking Assad won't ultimately become the next "GADDAFIIII!!" punchline..

        December 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • 111Dave111

      Faisal al-Miqdad, the Syrian deputy foreign minister, recently traveled to Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador with personal letters from Assad looking at the possibility of political asylum for himself and his family. Iran has gone to great lengths to keep the Assad government in power and likely would be the most hospitable to Assad. The Russians at the moment are realizing that they are going to have to deal with a new Syria, it's going to be hard to deal with a new Syria when they are harboring the former president.

      It is over.

      December 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
      • Lion-Heart

        I think I will have to suggest North Korea for Assad. You know the Americans will never invade North Korea to pull him out and North will not freely hand him over to ICJ to prosecution him for war atrocities. After all they have nothing to gain or lose in Syria. Maybe hunger and starvation can pronounce the final verdict on him and his family while living in North Korea because the Kim's may not have enough to feed him and his family.

        December 7, 2012 at 2:19 am |
      • Lance

        What could Korea possibly gain by looking after Assad and why would Assad go to such a God forsaken country anyway. He's worth billions of $'s. If he went anywhere it would be to live a life in incredible luxury, comfort, safety, and ease. Most of those he'll never get in a place like North Korea.

        Maybe some sensible developed country that realises it is better to give Assad and his family asylum than to see any more killing?

        December 7, 2012 at 2:30 am |
  11. Richard_Iowa

    Can't think of a better place than Chicago. Lots of shared values amoungst politicians. He and Ram could pal around, and Obama visits very so often so they could talk about unemployment, high taxes, and people without homes. Maybe he could live in Obama's home while Obama and family are in DC.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • capnmike


      December 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Sam

      Not much hope for you is there? Election is over pal.

      December 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
    • Lance

      Wake up and smell the rot in the GOP.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  12. Rob

    Russia and China have a lot of influence here..and will protect Assad – count on it ..

    December 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • DudeFromCanada

      Do you know why you are getting cheap gas at the pump for the past 4 weeks? OPEC is punishing Iran and Russia and until they accept it, they will kill their revenue. Iran is paying the biggest price given the current sanctions on them; Hence, they have been very quite about Syria is not cooperative. I will give him until the end of this month.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • Lance

      I don't think so. Russia and China acted without very much thought in backing Assad – just did what they have done in the past.

      Maybe they didn't learn very much form the Arab Spring but now I think they may be waking up and realising that they are going to have to deal with a New Syria that will not like them very much because of their support for Assad.

      I think they will like the USA and the West a lot more than they have in the past because of what Russia and China have done.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  13. Rob

    Just so everyone is aware of the issue here. The reason this is all happening is because of power, money and greed. Simple. Always will be. Russia and China's greed is the reason why it hasn't been stopped by the USA too ... Take that to bank Mr Clean! LOL

    December 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      30 Billion dollars in arms sales to Syria every year – has a big INFLUENCE too 🙂 Russia and China need that money ya know..

      December 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • DudeFromCanada

        Syria's GDP is 37B. I think it is more like 3 Billion. It is about regional power not money for Russia.

        December 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  14. Rememberwhatbushdid

    What the heck. Pakistan. There's even a freshly demolished piece of property not far from a military academy.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  15. lweba

    There is always Zimbabwe, let him go and give company Mengistu!

    December 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  16. jahangir

    He can find a warm cave at Tora Bora. Karzai will welcome him.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  17. Dominick

    Let him out quickly and as quietly as possible. He saw the end of Quadafi. Forced into a corner, he'll use the WMD rather than get sodomized by a blade. I'd nuke the whole world rather than let that happen to me. Just let him go and move on.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  18. Observer

    Assad is just like the rest of these rats that hide in holes, he'll find he can't run and so time is on our side, the Syrian people can't afford that time though, with citizens being killed every day. As for who should deal with him well it should be a force of equal countries putting up as much as the next one, if any more wars are to be tackled, then everyone should help pay for them, some can't provide air support or ground forces should still be made to help finance any effort to deal with Assad. Even better let him get on a plane then force the aircraft to the ground at the nearest airport and throw him behind bars forever.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply

    Hay Assad you P O S ...your S C U M father would be "Very Proud" to see how you will run out from your country like A RAT.... LOL

    December 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  20. JerseyJeff

    You know Tehran will take him and as long as he gives up the fortunes he has stolen from the Syrian people, I think it would be a good way to transition into a new government in Syria.

    Assad can set up a nice dental practice in Tehran, the Iranian government can give him a Lada and a home in the suburbs and the Syrian people can move on without him.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
    • Lance

      I don't think Iran will take him. Once he surrenders power what use is he to anyone?

      December 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
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    December 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  22. Kerry

    A little wisdom would help in this situation. Assad, defeat is inevitable , quit the killing. Just go.
    "Lord (Allah) grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and
    the wisdom to know the difference."

    December 6, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
  23. MacAttack70

    OH NO YOU DON'T ASSAD! You said you would live or DIE in Syria!
    Stick to your words! Stay the course! This is what you wanted.
    Don't give up on your dream!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @MacAttack70,more the latter in dying at the hands of his countrymen like Kadafi,that would suffice and don't make it humane either!!!

      December 6, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
      • MacAttack70

        Agreed! After all the innocent civilians he hurt and killed instead of just stepping down when asked! People of syria do what you will to Assad, just let me have his wife though. I'll tune her up since he'll be gone! 🙂

        December 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • maths

      let him leave peacefully, how many more innocents will die because he feels he has nothing left to lose? If he feels he's going to be brutally killed, he'll put his troops in the line of fire to protect him, killing dozens more.

      December 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  24. FHTEX

    Nothing but propaganda. Assad is going nowhere, and why should he? The so-called rebel army is declining in numbers and is capable only of hit-and-run terrorist attacks but it cannot hold any territory. Sure, the U.S. and its allies want Assad gone and are arming the rebels, but Assad's army is strong and holding together and he is receiving support from Russia, Iran and Iraq. If the U.S. wants to guarantee Assad's departure, arming a bunch of jihadists won't do the job ... we need American troops on the ground, just like in Iraq or a massive bombing campaign, as in Libya.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      And you'll be volunteering to pay for it, right?

      December 6, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  25. The Right Left

    While we ask for accountability of others, our leaders who committed war crimes, like George Bush and Dick Cheney are getting protection and cover. War means crime, no matter who commits it. It is a bit hypcritical of us to ask for accoutability of others when we dont prosecute those who killed and ijured 50,000 of our own without a good reason andcommitted even worse in Iraq.

    Lastly, what about our friends, Teh Sauds, the Israelis, Kuwaiti's and others in the Gulf Region who have committed some of the most horrible crimes against their fellow man?? Where is the accountability of all of the above. No wonder the world is taking us less seriously as an honest player on the world stage. Welcome to the New Century.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Mark

      You pretty much have zero clue about what you are talking about! GWB and DC are not War Criminals and neither is Obama (lest you forget his constant barrage and murders via Drone) How about the execution of OBL? You have lost you mind!!! What A$$HEAD is doing is completely incomprehensible and no where in the discussion of regime change that we condoned in Iraq and Afghanistan. You need to take off the blinders and remove the hate...get some common sense!

      December 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  26. Tutuvabene

    Assad and Chavez. Birds of a feather......

    December 6, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • Lance

      I wasn't aware that Chavez was sending out troops to massacre citizens? Not the same types at all.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  27. Valeno

    The issue of accountability and the true reason of invading Iraq has not yet been addressed..

    December 6, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
  28. charles bowen

    Assad must go preferably Dead so this Devil can never return.....Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    December 6, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  29. Andrey

    So why Venezuela, why not Iran?
    Where is logic in your propaganda?
    al Qaeda supporters on this site get a bit exited: almost like it was Assad who killed their beloved Osama!

    December 6, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
  30. Joncook

    He can stay for 2 more years. Obama is terrified of Iran, so we aren't getting involved in any way. And with nobody wanting to invade Syria out of fear of Iran, Assad can rule for a while because there is no real opposition.

    December 6, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • ken

      Who said Obama is terrified of Iran. I think Obama is terrified of making US people go to war. Elections are over so you too get over it and quit spewing nonsense.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
      • Mark

        Obama isnt afraid of Iran, but he is of Russia. He knows you do not get to invade Syria without declaring war on the other two. The last thing anybody wants. Obama simply has no clue what to do here and rather than do anything...he chooses to do nothing and hope for the best. Change (our bank accounts now) and Hope Just what he promised!

        December 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Pete

      @Joncook,you delushional thinking Pres.Obama is scared of Iran,more the other way around bud.We do have tested nuclear weapons within range and the technology to put one in jeans back yard so don't post here when you don't know crap about a subject...And why two more years ,is it because you think of Pres.Obamas term or what,you definitly make no sense!!Pres.Obama doesn't want any more useless wars so that's another thing you can think about!!

      December 6, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • anon

      ROFL No one is afraid of Iran. It is the fact that Russia has its only military base in the Mid east there that is why no one has gone in.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      Obama is more concerned with backlash from Russia and China than he is of Iran – why do you think Russia and China Vetoed going into Syria? I'll tell you why. They get 30 BILLION DOLLARS a year from Gun sales in Syria ... So, do you think the USA want to upset that apple cart? No, they don't! .. LOL - Money talks, bs walks

      December 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
      • Lance

        This is a nonsense. The annual GDP of Syria is only 37 billion. How can they pay the sort of money you're suggesting year after year?

        December 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Lex

    Derath to Assad. Nothing less. Brutal sob's like him need to be taught a lesson. Get out early and before you kill lots of your own people, or your die. No nmore of this kiill lots of your own people and you get a pass if you leave.

    December 6, 2012 at 6:33 am | Reply
    • ken

      Assad is going to look like an angel after the extremists take over.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
      • Paul

        I totally agree.. the so called "Arab Spring" is nothing but an excuse for the HARDLINERS to usurp power in the guise of Democracy... Egypt anyone?

        December 6, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • Lance

        Gota agree – but only until most of Assad's supporters are dead and/or gone. Then I would expect the palace to calm down and have, believe it or not, democratic elections that the fundamentalist and liberal muslims will try their best to win – just like they did in Egypt.

        December 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
    • James PDX

      I don't care if their new leader is Satan himself, as long as he was fairly and Democratically elected. If the people want Sharia law, let them have it.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • Lance

        Totally agree – isn't that what democracy is all about?

        It's certainly not 'The Government that You or I want in power" whoever You or I am/are.

        December 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  32. David

    While we all want Assad gone, who would take over? Is the opposition capable of administering the government and who are they? Are we dealing with Jihadists, international terrorist, foreign mercenaries or organized political parties? To what extent will foreign powers be allowed to assist in the transition? I fear that the post Assad period could be equally, if that.
    's possible, to the existing nightmare. Does anybody have a coordinated plan? Just thinking!

    December 6, 2012 at 6:18 am | Reply
    • Sam

      Romney might be willing. He wanted to be President and a good businessman can always lead the country, or so he said. Both religions start with an "M," so that's a start.

      December 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • Rev Dr Felix Nwosu


      December 7, 2012 at 1:02 am | Reply
  33. Indian

    What will happen to the minority Shiya and Christians, once Assad leaves? Time for every one to think about the fall outs of breaking the Status Quo. The best solution is to break Syria into 2 parts, but the problem is that minority Alawite is not on the east side near to Iran, but on the west side next to Turkey. This is the main problem and thats why the solution is so difficult to find. And this reason has made it a "Do or Die" situation for Assad, his fellow Alawites and minority Christians of syria to support Assad at any cost.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:26 am | Reply
    • Sam

      Do you honestly think anyone cares

      December 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  34. Jo

    Believing any of this propaganda means that you have no mind of your own anymore – and have lost your ability to discern slowly over time.

    For god sake read RT and Infowars too.

    December 6, 2012 at 3:05 am | Reply
    • charles bowen

      Wake up and smell the Napalm Jo this pig Assad has got to go to a place he will never return from Kill Him naw and save thousands of syrian lives.....

      December 6, 2012 at 7:05 am | Reply
      • Rob

        Good luck getting Russia and China to give up the 30 Billion dollars they get from Syria every year. This is the only reason this war is still happening inside syria ... If Russia and China never Vetoed going in from any UN members, this would have been over by now.

        December 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  35. Jo

    President and Doctor Assad is a medical specialist who is not at all the "evil monster" that the media created.
    It is only because he is supportive of Iran and Russia that we have adopted this criminal way of defaming him.

    The REAL war criminals are Clinton, Obama, Israel and Nato. – They have killed far more people than Assad.

    How brainwashed can someone be, to believe all of this nonsense?

    December 6, 2012 at 3:03 am | Reply
    • David Myers

      Clearly you are a troll apologist and mininformation agent for the Assad regime. How do they pay you – by the word, by the number of response, the number of lies you tell? You should be ashamed of yourself. Mind you, Ernst Rohm's brown shirts weren't. You're flogging a dead horse and to what end? All any of Assad's supporters can do at this point is just prolong the agony and increase the slaughter. If Assad or any of his followers take the path of germ or chemical warfare they will be taken out quickly by an allied strike and the survivors will be charged with crimes against humanity and a new Neurenburg-style set of trials will be conducted before the world's citizan witnesses. Whether or not you are directly complicit in such actions, should they occur, you will be in the same boat as German's (after the war) who knew of the Nazi atrocities and did knothing or worse still continued to praise Hitler.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:47 am | Reply
      • Brian

        David – You must be totally naive to think that only reason our government is supporting rebels is to support democracy in Syria, when we are supporting all the dictators in Middle East who are friendly to us. Syria is one of the few secular countries left in the Middle East and believe me it will turn into an oppressive fundamentalist regime like other places where our government has control. I was not in favor of Assad regime, but you know what, he is right in fighting with rebels as they are funded by outside forces.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:59 am |
    • حبه

      So you are telling me that while I may watch the news I am brain washed by my husband who was raised in Syria? No I don't believe everything on the news. But I damn sure believe him when he tells me what it was like living over there up until 5 years ago. I also believe my sister in law when she calls to let us know that the family is still unharmed.

      December 6, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
  36. Jams Bond

    Assad is welcome to seek asylum in Venezuela AND Cuba AND Belarus. One day soon he can then join his criminal 'brothers' Chavez, Castro and Lukashenko in an asylum in North Corea, where they'll spend the rest of their miserable days in 'Camp 14' (hopefully) together with buddy Kim. Ahmadinejead may wish to join that happy party aswell.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:51 am | Reply
  37. D'evil

    There should be no asylum for Assad. It is either the bullet or the hangman's rope.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:41 am | Reply
  38. John Doe

    Cowards are running all their lives.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:36 am | Reply
  39. Jaimie

    Public hanging .... nothing more... nothing less

    December 6, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
  40. AgrippaMT

    Asylum, of course, is always a possibility, but we'd far rather see Bashar Al Assad and his wife hung in a public square in Damascus. Preferably, the same square where his father and his predecessors used to hang Jews. It would be such a fitting end.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:48 am | Reply
    • Sargent Carter

      Word on the street is Russia and Iran will cancel Assad and his family through an "accident" and share the country between themselves. He knows too much to let live. He is a necessary friendly casualty to those powers.Unfortunately, the citizens will continue to be held in slavery.

      December 6, 2012 at 2:18 am | Reply
      • Lance

        Wow – Conspiracy Nut WARNING!!!

        December 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  41. j d

    The dude is dead. There is no place in the world he can go an survive there simply is no real asylum now and he knows it. It is do or die for him.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:47 am | Reply
    • Angel

      Assad is a desperate man. He could use the mortal gaz. Hope and pray that he won't do that... Maybe he hopes to save his neck if he doesn't use it. If his soldiers suspects that he wants to get out they ,( the ones who participated in his crimes will simply kill him ...)Once he becomes of (no use) for "his friends" they will simply dump him. Killing and making sufferings to his own people were and are his greatest crimes. Syrian People will never ever forget his crimes.Too many Citizens died or sufferred... The time is near for the payment of his crimes. Justice will prevail one day...Too late for him...He will go down like the others...History will record...

      December 6, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
  42. USAPeasant

    Even though Assad does not deserve to live in peace after killing his own coutrymenand destroying his own country, if him leaving and living in Cuba would save even one innocent life and end the Syria ar I think it would be worth it. This might also allow us to get him on war crimes charges in the future as well.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:31 am | Reply
    • Jerry

      "War crime" is just a term made-up by the Allies after WWII to try and justify executing the leadership of the losers of that war while maintaining their "moral superiority". Almost everything done in a war is a crime in a non-war situation but the object of war is to win and any & all means necessary should be employed to do so. The only "crime" in a war is to lose.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:43 am | Reply
      • David Myers

        Your cynical justifications total ignore the history and developement of world-wide accepted concepts such as "crimes against humanity", "war crimes", and "universal human rights" which have been accepted, signed, and agreed to by many (most) of the world's governments over the past decades. Those who violate those generally accepted concepts of the limits on what is permitted in war will continue to find out (ultimately) that they will be held accountable for their crimes. As a species we are evolving and what our modern citizenry will tolerate (in the long run) in the name of dictatorial and murderous power is becoming much more restrictive, thanks be to humanity.

        December 6, 2012 at 6:00 am |
      • Jams Bond

        Well spoken and well defined Jerry! 'War' itself is a 'crime against humanity'. Uncountable 'crimes' are committed in every 'War' throughout human history. I presume it is an integral part of our genetic makeuo. However, within that tragic reality, we need to have some rules + check & balances, or we would live in a permanent state of chaotic mutual anhilitation, though often it seems that is precisely the case. Of course the 'winners' of 'Wars' do not prosecute themselves for crimes committed. Great human hypocrisy!

        December 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  43. volsocal

    Assad is holding out for an asylum host that will not impose "Droit du seigneur" on his wife.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply
  44. saeed

    cnn is a joke they are showing a s-200 anti air missile and are claming that assad are arming it with chemical weapons i have never heard of sarin armed anti air missiles. cnn is lying they are bankrupt spain has a unemployment of 26,2% and britain annunced that uk economy shrank by 0,1% this year. so uk has a new year with a recession.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:34 am | Reply
  45. total infidel

    Assad will get his family out safely. He will order his air force to use massive dosees of Sarin against his enemies in every town in Syria. Once the Sarin is deployed, he will then go the way of the martyr and commit suicide in the name of the Prophet to make his point to POTUS Obama, the UN, etc. " Go ahead Obama and the World condemn me. That's all you can do after I am gone." Those air force jets that droped the nerve gas will then fly on to Iran where they will be given safe haven. The World will voice their horror, but that is all they will do. Assad will take as many with him as he can. GAME OVER.........

    December 6, 2012 at 12:32 am | Reply
    • Sargent Carter

      People, Assad has not been calling the shots in Syria for months now...It is the Russians and Iranians who are running the govenment now...I f our govt.(USA...USA...USA!) had an ounce of integrity, we would put it out when Assad gets assassinated or has an "accident", Moscow and TEHRAN will simply hold the reigns of power they already have...they have no interest in "chemical warfare", they just want to hold on to their Syrian property.

      December 6, 2012 at 2:31 am | Reply
  46. LiveFREE88

    I may know very little about the middle east but if I was Assad and I wanted to get the rebels off my back, I would give them a new enemy. I believe the Sarin is intended for Israel to create a new common enemy in the fight.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
  47. Lies

    Assad is not leaving, the FSA is not what they used to be and now are made up of fanatics that want to kill whole ethnic groups in Syria. Go to youtube and type Tekkim, Syria and you will see how these rebels tested chemical weapons produced by a Turkish Company on Rabbits saying in the end the fate of those rabbits will be the fate of the Alawites. Nobody wants those islamic extremists down there and nobody wants to be ruled by them! It has been a lie all along

    December 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
    • YouLie

      ]The Asad is finished and so are you.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
  48. 28Mamerican

    I dont think ashat asad is going any where. He is finding places for family and loyal friends. His methods are quite similar to how hitler operated. Hitler did not run and hide he went out with a bang. I expect ashat to do the same , but to take many many more with him.

    December 5, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  49. bezboz

    So Tabler is now is in the propaganda business. Interesting! The Salafis and Wahabis of the world will be exterminated in Syria and then the people will decide who they want to rule the country. No flight no escaping.

    December 5, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  50. zaphed

    i personally like this to go on for few more years. i do not mind seeing all syrians in a great misery.

    December 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
    • Syrian

      I hope one day we can retrn the favor to you people.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
      • حبه

        من فضلك لا نعتقد أن جميع الأمريكيين يشعرون الطريق هذا الرجل لا. هناك المتسكعون أقل بكثير مثله أعدك. من فضلك لا تتخلى عن الأمل، سوف تكون خالية بلدكم قريبا.

        Sorry if my translation is shoddy.

        December 6, 2012 at 8:42 am |

    Cnn are a bunch of zionist shills

    December 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  52. Crystal

    Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro offering a genocidal dictator asylum in their respective countries? I AM SHOCKED AND APPALLED. I think Al-Assad forfeited the asylum card a long time ago.

    December 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  53. CNN slipping

    There is news that bombs have been filled with poison gas and loaded on planes. Not sure why CNN has no report, I have to go to YAHOO for up to the minute news?

    December 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  54. bribarian

    Lol, Assad is winning the war against the zi0nist terrorists, he doesnt need asylum.

    December 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  55. hf

    Capture, hang'em, fry'em, well done!

    December 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • Edwin Segura

      Then revive him with cpr and repeat step one.

      December 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  56. Sam

    News are so completely manipulated.

    December 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • Assad

      Thank goodness! I thought I was in trouble.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply

    Syria will have a new government soon.
    The new government will capture Assad and try him in Islamic court and convict him.
    Off course, hanging method will be used and I see his decapitated head rocking and rolling into a gutter.
    Then, Syrians will have peace. Asad is a wicked man with blood in his hand.

    December 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  58. coyote

    you have no new tunes? if he chooses VZ then its just another excuse to rattle that old chain again later. – you seriously can't care what we think.

    December 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  59. Robert

    North Korea!

    December 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  60. Paul Lawson

    Why don't we fly Drones with hellfire missiles over the residencies of the Assads just to scare him and intimidate his departure? Don't have to assassinate him like the Israelis do without questioning if it is moral, but hearing and seeing is all he needs to be scared. Then he'd feel what it is like for the poor citizens his air power has been butchering. Of course we wouldn't do it as we don't want the potential embarrassment of one of their Russian made anti-aircraft missiles taking one of our slow drones out like it did a Turkish aircraft.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • kudson

      typical mafia talk as usual from the US

      December 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • durak

      We best stay clear of It.

      December 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  61. raul

    he wont make it to venezuela thats alot of air time lol

    December 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply

      Asad is smelling death and he is scared. He wants to secure his family after destroying so may Syrians. He will cry just like Sadam and Ghadafi did. I see it coming for that chicken!

      December 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  62. KeyserSoze

    Send him to Iran.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Syrian

      Now, this is a good idea

      December 6, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
  63. sly

    Vengence is rarely a good response ... either someone who hates him will kill him somewhere, or he'll be tried and convicted.

    Don't like him at all, but I will note that almost all nations will fight againest revolution and civil war, and civilians/fighters will die. Happened in the US around 1860.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  64. g.r.r.

    While it makes perfect sense to allow his general family some sort of asylum, Assad, himself, along with any family members that yield control, should be held accountable for their actions.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  65. max

    Just one cruise missle from a place unknown is all we need to end this.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • g.r.r.

      Will not happen. Even if we knew where he was, he will have other members of his family (several sons) in control.

      December 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  66. Tortfeasor

    LOL, what happened to "living and dying in Syria." Guess Assad's getting cold feet.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
    • WADering

      re: "What happened to living and dying in Syria" It is still going on by all accounts, as it always has done.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
  67. Cricket666

    Kill him. As inhumanly as possible. Just like he did to his country men.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • duane

      good call

      December 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
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