Dennis Kucinich Speaks About Fact-Finding Mission to Syria

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Transcript

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich (Alex Wong/Getty)

There were reports yesterday from Hama in Syria that government troops had fatally shot at least six protestors demonstrating against President Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded last week to the ongoing violence, saying that the country's transition to democracy was becoming more urgent. 

Congressman Dennis Kucinich tells us about his recent fact-finding mission in Syria, where he met with President Assad and other parties involved in the ongoing conflict there, to speak about plans for progress. 

Joshua Landis, director at the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, speaks about whether the Syrian leader can make the changes needed for genuine democratic reform.

Guests:

Dennis Kucinich

Produced by:

Noel King

Comments [1]

constance adam roustom from cape cod, ma.02553

with all due respect to congressman kucinich, when he visited pres. basshar al assad in damascus, there must have been something other than latakia tobacco in the hubble bubble they shared. in 1962 i was a new graduate r.n., and i married a young pediatric surgeon who was a syrian christian and we began married life in damascus. in 1963 mr.assad pere came to power thru a military coup. he acquired power through the most ruthless methods, became incredibly wealthy by robbing the country, encouraged corruption in all parts of the buracracy and the military and established his and his wifes relatives in all available positions. i was present when he invaded the city of hama and killed many thousands of its citizens, specifically the traditional sunni elite who loathed the regime. everybody just shut up about it and buried their dead. i knew people who were thrown out of windows. this is but a miniscule slice of their history. in 1981 i brought my six kids to continue their schooling here and eventually my husband retired and spent the last 15 years of his life here on cape cod.
assad fils is not any different. know that.
please don't use my last name.
connie

Jul. 06 2011 11:21 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.