“The British did not fall for it unfortunately,” said Assad. “We got that sucker Cameron, who likes to play imperial, but backbenchers in parliament didn’t want to get involved in yet another Middle East war and defeated him. Too bad. But Americans are easier to fool.”
Assad predicted that involvement from the United States would boost his popularity in Syria and in friendly countries in the region, as well as with Russia and China.
“My side will get volunteers in droves,” Assad said. “All these bearded nutters will see that I am an enemy of America. As an enemy of America, I must be their friend.”
The Syrian civil war has lasted two years and has claimed 100,000 lives, observers say. The latest reports about government forces using nerve gas on the population has made President Obama threaten military action against the regime.
Russia and China, meanwhile, are opposed to authorise an attack on Syria via the UN Security Council. Staunch US ally Britain was expected to take part in any military intervention until Prime Minister Cameron lost the vote in Parliament.