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Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari: ‘Change – yes we can’

September 3rd, 2013
05:04 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Syria’s ambassador to the UN said his country was “fed up with wars” and called any allegations of using chemical weapons “false and unfounded” in an exclusive and combative interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“We haven't declared war to the United States or to any of our neighbors,” Bashar Ja’afari said from the United Nations. “We are not war mongers. We are not war advocates. We are a peaceful nation, a small nation, and we don’t pretend to be equally strong enough to confront the United States military.”

From the earliest days of the Syrian civil war, and President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown, Ja’afari has defended his government at the United Nations.

The United States, Britain and France say that they now have proof that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people in an attack last week.

U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking congressional approval for a military strike against Syria.

“We are all victims of any escalation of the Syrian situation,” Ja’afari said. American and European claims against Assad’s regime, he said, “cannot be taken seriously and are not credible.”

The UN ambassador often drew historical parallels in his sometimes opaque answers, warning the American government not to err in attacking his country.

“You can repeat the same mistakes that the previous American administrations did at many times,” Ja’afari said, “during [the] Vietnam War or during the Cuban Crisis or the Iraqi War with Colin Powell in the Security Council.”

Ja’afari said that Western nations were basing their claims of chemical weapons on shaky intelligence, and were only interested in whether the weapons were used, not who used them.

In her final question, Amanpour put a pointed question to Ambassador Ja’afari.

“How do you sleep at night, Mister Ja’afari,” she asked, “defending a regime, a government, that has caused so much bloodshed?”

Ja’afari was evasive, responding that the use of chemical weapons was “horrible” and “appalling.”

“All what we are saying is that yes, we do have a domestic crisis,” Jaafari said. “Yes, wrongdoings happened in the past. Yes, injustices took place in Syria in the past. We need to correct this, and we believe in what Obama said in the elections. ‘Change: Yes we can.’”


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  1. Mike Klaene

    He sleeps the same way Bush, Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld slept. No conscience.

    September 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • TKLA

      YAWN

      September 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
      • pauleky

        Truth is boring, huh?

        September 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
      • i4s

        The truth:

        infowars . com/rebels-admit-responsibility-for-chemical-weapons-attack/

        Can you handle the truth?

        September 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
      • dualityofpain

        Alex Jones. The guy who says the moon landings were fake, the US government was responsible for the OKC bombings, and that Sandy Hook Elementary was a hoax. That Alex Jones?

        September 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
      • What is going on? FREEDOM

        i4s how do you know that they interviewed so-called rebels? As I recall Hezbollah (a terrorist group supporting Assad) dress the same as rebel fighters to infiltrate neighborhoods controlled by rebels.

        September 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
      • Sleepwell

        I wonder how christine sleeps at night? Does she sleep? What a disrespectful interview. She wouldn't even let the guy speak and tried on several occasions to interrupt him. She also said that no one believed him – which is not a correct statement. I wonder whose payroll she is on? This type of journalism really stinks. I wonder if she sleeps dirty?

        September 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
      • JGN

        No, truth is fascinating and uplifting. It's TKLA who is boring.

        September 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
      • i4s

        Then should you believe this?

        “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”

        globalresearch . ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

        September 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
      • NSL

        Are you kidding me. You're pushing us to read the "truth" from the conspiracy theorist of all conspiracy theorists of the world and expecting us to think he and you have any credibility whatsoever. Not going to happen!

        While I'm hoping that we somehow eventually know the truth of what's going on over there, as I don't think we have the whole, or even half the story at this point, infowars is not even the last place I'd look for credible reporting, they are somewhere way distant from even being close to the last place I'd go for credible reporting. (Yes I know that's a physical impossibility, but it emphasizes what any sane person thinks of infowars and Mr. Jones.)

        September 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
      • i4s

        Above, use a little logic here:

        March 2, 2007: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”

        30 Jan, 2013: US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt': Report

        August 30, 2013: Rebels Admit Responsibility for Chemical Weapons Attack

        So, who supplied (or was told to supply) Chemical Weapons to the rebels?

        September 3, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
      • M.A.P.

        i4s we are sick to death of you conspiricy theorists. You live in a paranoid surreal bubble where you like to think of the rest of us as mindless drones simply fulfilling our duties and blindly ignoring the obvious facts, right? Well, you are WRONG! And you give governments WAY too much credit. They would never be able to pull off such huge conspiracies without one person ever leaking ANYTHING! The NSA is a conspiracy come true, why not concerntrate on that?

        September 4, 2013 at 4:48 am |
      • i4s

        Above, conspiracy?

        UN accuses Syrian rebels of chemical weapons use

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10039672/UN-accuses-Syrian-rebels-of-chemical-weapons-use.html

        September 4, 2013 at 7:59 am |
      • i4s

        Don't just accuse, give me some fact, use some logic when analyzing these facts.

        P.S., I have a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, so I have enough logic-analyzing capabilities.

        September 4, 2013 at 8:04 am |
      • Ismail Aljazaeri

        Christiane Amempoor is a pro-war militant not a neutral credible journalist. She will say and do anything to keep her senior position in CNN

        September 4, 2013 at 11:25 am |
      • kennetique

        September 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • Hilda

        Sleepwell,

        I totally agree with you. He made some interesting points and she was about as disrespectful as they come. What's so bad about waiting for some proof ? Wasn't that what Obama was waiting for on Iraq? Who's payroll IS she on?

        September 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Geezer

      It will probably never happen, but I would love to see Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld held accountable for their war crimes.

      September 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
      • r

        sure would, but like you say it won't happen.

        September 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
      • KT

        I sure would like to meet some of you idiots who keep spouting the "Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld war crimes" hogwash in person and educate you a little. Your argument is moronic and stupid and you embarrass yourself when you bring it up on ever subject possible. Get a life, move on or move out of the country. For those who say I have no right or experience this is from a USN retired, 90% disabled veteran.

        September 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
      • DBCII

        I would love to see Obama held accountable for his drone strikes that are killing innocent citizens of countries in which we have not declared war.

        September 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
      • What is going on? FREEDOM

        DBCII those drone strikes have been approved by those countries governments.

        September 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
      • KLDGBB

        @KT – how does being a disabled veteran give you more insight into decisions made in the Bush administration than anyone else? Thanks for your service, but it doesn't mean your judgment of previous administrations' decisions is correct. My husband served 10 years in the USN as a SeaBee, did a tour in Afghanistan, and is currently an active Air National Guard member but he deplores the actions the Bush administration took in Iraq.

        September 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
      • Adam

        @KLDGBB

        His service does lead to a better perspective into the administration supposed "warcrimes" due to him being able to recognize what a warcrime actually is...... and the fact that you don't realize that shows your true lack of respect. Exactly like how your perspective leads to a poorer view. Yours is a perspective of a person who is living off another's accomplishments and then getting online pretending you have a clue....which of course you don't.

        I spent 8 years in the USMC including the invasion of Iraq in 03 and neither myself or your non-combat having husband knows what real war is...unlike Geezer........although I'm sure your hubby has "stories" a 10 yr Seabee and an air national guardsman would only have a combat ribbon by being in country by default.

        September 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
      • Larry

        @ADAM- You should also be ashamed. Where did you sleep, eat, train? I wonder if any Navy member ever had a hand in anything that kept you warm, dry, fed, or healthy.... How arrogant are you? The Corps would be embarrassed to hear your rant about who deserves more credit for service. Sad.

        September 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
      • Frank Czine

        You are a tool.

        September 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
      • Adam

        @Larry
        Yawn.....you obviously haven't served because there is quite a difference between the weekend warrior desk military man and the guy in the dirt out there. AND there is certainly a difference between war now, including myself, and war when KT served......which the military wife above so disrespectfully dismissed.

        Ashamed....not likely....get a clue

        September 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
      • Rebecca

        Dear U.S. Navy 90% disabled vet: are you one of the many disabled veterans that were nuked during the Gulf War by Bush Sr.'s approval to use depleted uranium in munitions? War Crime.

        September 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
      • worldlypatriotusaveteran

        The United Nations has the authority, the charter, and the right, under international law, to indict Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld.

        So, why haven't they? What are they waiting for?

        ANSWER: Because they are NOT war criminals.

        Only persons believing in significant delusions repeat this ridiculous diatribe, over and over again. Please seek professional help as soon as possible.

        September 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
      • Red Phalanx

        For what possible purpose at this stage?

        September 3, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
      • Mike

        What war crimes? Yeah, catching and killing a mass murderer sure is evil.

        September 3, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
    • r

      Probably

      September 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
      • Abdul

        Mike, do you mean the genocidal Bush, Cheney, Netanyahu, and all the presidents of the USA for decimating the people of Korea, Vietnam, Central America, etc, etc.? Please make a count of the number of humans killed by "democracy saving" actions and compare it to the number of people killed and the amount of destruction and hardship wrought by USA.

        September 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • Russasaurus

      These people are cowards. Killing hundreds of thousands of civilians then claiming to be the victims. It doesn't matter who punishes them, they will learn, they will receive punishment.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
      • Fred Fredson

        Are you talking about the U.S. invasion of Iraq?

        September 3, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
      • Jeff

        FRED The US killed thousands of Iraqi soldiers. It was the Iraqi's who became elements of terrorist groups who killed their Muslim brothers...and it continues today. It's too bad that you allow your hatred, jealousy or whatever you harbor for a country who has done far more positive than negative for the world get in the way of being rational.

        September 4, 2013 at 12:26 am |
    • brian

      yeah hugging their teddy bear!!

      September 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • ME

      And the same way that Obama sleeps every time one of the drones in Pakistan kills civilians.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
      • virocat

        I certainly sleep better at night knowing drone are used to kill Al Qaeda operatives. Sadly, these operatives live where innocents also live. Still, drones are better than carpet bombing.

        September 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
      • Jeff

        You should move to Washington state where you can pick real cherries.

        September 4, 2013 at 12:29 am |
    • vinster76

      Bush has not been in office for five years.....let's keep it relevant to the discussion

      September 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
      • Westdawg

        The Dems used Hoover for 40 years and one can still hear the Rs using Carter for over 30 years.
        Bush will be used for many years for his failed Iraqi folly and lies.

        September 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
      • tina

        After 60 years of WWII the guilty are punished in their 80 or 90 years why can't we punish Rumsfiel or Chenney or CIA.

        September 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
    • DBCII

      He sleeps the same way Obama does as he continues to kill innocent people with drone strikes.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
      • worldlypatriotusaveteran

        You mean poor innocents like Anwar al-Awlakii, Samir Khan, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?

        September 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
    • CSUN

      Looks like Syria has it's own "Bagdad Bob". CNN fodder...Sad...

      September 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • allenwoll

      No conscience : THAT is how it is done ! !

      September 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Alex

      Where the hell have you been the last 5 years Mike? What changed over there when Obama got into office? The answer is nothing. In fact Mike it's gotten worse. (Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iran) Talk about no conscience please.

      September 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • Jeff Kelly

      oops! You forgot a person that voted in favor of the war, Obama. Got you covered, pal.

      September 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • Eric

      And soon enough Kerry, Biden, and Obama will be sleeping that way too. Oh wait they have all been sleeping that way since they became power brokers in their party. Hillary ,however, was just born sleeping that way. She is one power hungry cun7.

      September 3, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • Adrian

      Very true haha

      September 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • Julian Assange

      Why on earth does Amanpour comes out with such RIDICULOUS QUESTIONS???
      Does she watch TV?

      September 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Reply
      • Jeff

        She's a liberal, it's SOP.

        September 4, 2013 at 12:35 am |
    • Mob Barley

      Why is a British grenade blabbing? I thought they didn't want any part of it.

      September 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Obozoputz

      And u think that Obozo has a conscience??? Let's face it...niggears cannot run the US...they do not have the squash to do it!!!

      September 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • aser

      yes President W Bush sleep like a baby every night knowing that Saddam sleep 6-ft under him

      September 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • Obozoputz

      And u think that Obozo has a conscience??? Let's face it...niggears cannot run the US...they do not have the squash to cut it!!!

      September 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • aser

      yesThe great President W Bush sleep like a baby every night..... knowing that Saddam sleep 6-ft under him

      September 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • Eric Strid

      How dare you equate a US President to this low life! Partisan politics stops at the border. There is a reason why we have labels on hair dryers.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Reply
    • nodat1

      and Gen. Powell the cosigner to the WMD

      September 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • tcp

      Same way Obama, Biden, the Other Rice, and the Other Clinton sleep...oh, same way Amanpour will sleep once the bombs that she wants so desperately to fall begin to fall...

      September 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • edwardst35

      I simply close my eyes and think naughty things about Christiane.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Reply
    • Rickirs

      He sleeps safe and sound in the US.

      September 3, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Reply
    • phinniethewoo

      Bush acted Saddam who gassed 10x more people than Assad
      OH and he did not need ringfenced "flooding" from the slimy Liberal r et ard media for it.

      September 4, 2013 at 12:02 am | Reply
    • A P

      That's right. Sick the women journalists on 'em!

      September 4, 2013 at 12:16 am | Reply
    • Awamia

      This is the same response i had in mind..... thank you

      September 4, 2013 at 12:46 am | Reply
    • CP

      Mike, Excellent and courageous response.

      September 4, 2013 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • qasim

      Agreed 100%. To Amanpor, please ask the same question to Bush and Obama.

      September 4, 2013 at 1:44 am | Reply
    • Brian

      Another typical Amanpour interview. She goes in with fangs sharpened around a conclusion she's already reached. What's the point in asking the guy questions if you're going to automatically slam his responses and call him a liar.

      September 4, 2013 at 3:50 am | Reply
    • Adel Seghir

      A journalist is a journalist, not a judge or a moral authority. Now foreign journalists imitating Amanpour will ask Clinton a similar question (how can you sleep with your wife), or practically any politican. Amanpour, you're setting a very questionable precedent. You're breaking the deontology and as a high-profile professional (see the Amanpour-centric cultish devotion all over CNN), as a high-profile professional, you're creating a dangerous style. Very regrettable.

      September 4, 2013 at 4:09 am | Reply
    • MF Hussain

      Nicely said!

      September 4, 2013 at 4:45 am | Reply
    • igo

      @Sleepwell
      I wonder how christine sleeps at night? Does she sleep? What a disrespectful interview. She wouldn't even let the guy speak and tried on several occasions to interrupt him. She also said that no one believed him – which is not a correct statement. I wonder whose payroll she is on? This type of journalism really stinks. I wonder if she sleeps dirty?

      September 4, 2013 at 5:42 am | Reply
    • kelvin

      He sleep great like the way the US government sleeps

      September 4, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply
    • Thetruth

      I can remember Amanpour's kind of reporting before the Iraq war. Showed no respect for this man. And for her information she can't say no one believes him. She speaks for herself and herself alone. Amanpour should have more credibility than this. I wonder how she sleeps

      September 4, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • Jonsson Michael

      He sleeps like te other people: in bed!

      September 4, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • Wee Mien

      I didn't like Christiane Amanpour interview. Think she was very biased and forgot her reporting roots.
      The proof is not out still and the whole world is waiting for the proof who used chemical weapons. Bashing someone on national TV is not the way to go. Syria is a complicated. Syrian armies, Al Queda, Rebels are alll killing innocent people. US missles strike will kill if not so even more.

      September 4, 2013 at 9:28 am | Reply
      • james

        Yes, I didn't even like the way Christiane has done this Interview!! Very unprofessional!!
        So sad the way she is accusing the gouverment as if she's these evidences that Obama and Kelly have and they don't want to show us!!!

        September 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
    • Rafael

      Excellent

      September 4, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • devttt

      Poor you killing hundred thousad,raping women torturing kids and using chemical weapons you should be in jungle nations leage not UN. You reprent 3Alawi minority. You dont represent syria

      September 4, 2013 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Ismail Aljazaeri

      Christtiane Amempour is a pro-war militant, not a neutral credible journalist. She will do and say what ever is required to keep her seniority position in CNN.

      September 4, 2013 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • paulo

      this ambassador of syria is so pathetic his worried that he may loose his job that he may end up in junk yard..

      September 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • Peick

      Thank you, CNN forum trolls, for not disappointing me. Even though this is OBAMA – YOUR OBAMA – advocating a strike on Syria, still you are blaming Bush.

      September 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  2. TKLA

    Good question. I'm sure he thought about that afterwars.

    September 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  3. Tom

    Bet he loved that question from a woman.

    September 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  4. PeenisWrinkle

    haahhahahah I love anus

    September 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  5. nileppez

    You heard him, he have to stop bombing womens and childrens.

    Wow, what planet is he on? His boss is gassing womens and childrens.

    September 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • CKG

      You should have a little respect. This guy is a diplomat and speaking to a reporter in his second language. I'd love to hear you debate him in your flawless Arabic. Treat people with respect and you'll get it in return.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  6. Nina

    It is difficult to stand by and watch innocent civilians injured and killed; if the current regime is responsible, the World Court needs to indict, convict and punish each and every participant. That said, I'm weary of the US being the world's police and truly think the Arab world needs to figure itself out without our help. I know the real issue is Israel and its security, but as a country we have been through too much in the last 10 years to continue on this path. The World Court and the UN need to step in and take action, not the US.

    September 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • saadasme

      You are correct. We should allow the World Court and UN to take the lead. Are not our kids as important as the kids from the rest of the world? If they are, why then are we constantly placing them in harms way. The rest of the Countries are getting stronger, as they sit in the grandstand, planning our demise. We need years of peace to rebuild our economy and spirit. Let someone else be the unpaid world cop.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • McQueen

      kudos to you my friend ! Well put.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • tokthompson

      Sure, but they won't. So now what? Let him gas civilians, or take unilateral action? I'm not saying it's a good choice– I'm saying it's the only choice.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Reply
      • Drew

        Who's to say the Al Qaeda rebels we're also backing don't have and use them

        news.blogs.cnn. com/2013/05/06/u-n-syria-rebels-may-have-used-sarin/

        September 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • skytag

      I agree, though realistically the U.N. isn't going to do any thing because Russia in an ally of Syria. And for the record, we've been meddling in the internal affairs of other countries since WWII, not just the last 10 years.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • tk

      The World Court and the UN?!?! Hahaha! Please! The most they would ever do is 'strongly, STRONGLY condemn these actions'. What a joke.

      September 3, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • Maxamillion

      We've been through so much over the last 10 years? You obviously live in a first world fairytale. The toll of our wars has been minuscule when compared to the massacres other nations are enduring. Most spoiled Americans were able to carry on life as usual, and were completely unaffected by the Iraq and afghan war. Visit a place like Syria then see if you cry about how much we've been through. The truth is, by the world's standards we have lived in paradise over the last 10 years! Way to whine about our paper cut while much of the undeveloped world bleeds out.

      September 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  7. ScottCA

    This Bashar is an evil man. He will be remembered in infamy and shame.

    September 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • Red Phalanx

      He's another fanatic control freak raghead. He wont be remembered at all.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Reply
      • Skarphace

        I have never seen Assad with a Kufiya. Better watch out, your racism is showing.

        September 4, 2013 at 10:43 am |
  8. Alex

    How is it CNN takes everything the US government says without question and when the ambassador suggest that it was the rebels it's a lie. Truth is the first casualty of war, http://www.mintpressnews.com/witnesses-of-gas-attack-say-saudis-supplied-rebels-with-chemical-weapons/168135/

    September 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • i4s

      Because of this:

      US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt': Report

      in.news.yahoo . com/us-backed-plan-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-syria-045648224.html

      September 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
      • geshmo

        god man. First, You got to read an analyze what the article is saying especially in US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt': Report. in.news.yahoo . com/us-backed-plan-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-syria-045648224.htm. You can't just throw articles around and pretend to be smart when you have not read the article thoroughly. Second, I would not trust the article from info war, especially when the writer has this on his Facebook profile page.... https://www.facebook.com/paul.j.watson.71. And yes that's him. At least do some minor research before you post stuff.

        September 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
      • What is going on? FREEDOM

        Seriously? Stop believing in that crap.

        September 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
      • i4s

        Note the date of the article, and this:

        “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”

        globalresearch . ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

        September 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • yonyo

      Why would it make sense for the saudis to supply the rebels? If I were a monarchy, I'd be plying my people with whatever I could give them and keeping mum on other countries. Any election in a similar country might give my people ideas. Also, I wouldn't believe what ANYBODY with a dog in this fight has to say.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
      • Hashman

        Because Assad has been cozying up to Hezbollah and the Iranians – the Saudi's arch rivals in the region. They've been pushing for Assad to be removed from power for a while now.

        September 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • M.A.P.

      Oh for christ's sake i4s!!! Do you have anything else other than that BS conspiracy website? NEWSFLASH – the conspiracy website IS A CONSPIRACY!!!! They are liars and they make millions off advertising on their websites. Michael Moore is capitalist no. 1 with his stoopid movies. You have no credability when you repeat that nonsense here.

      September 4, 2013 at 4:54 am | Reply
      • danuk

        This is not the only one who has doubts about what is really happening and the reasons behind it. Given the track record of the US, in Iraq and the recent disclosures that the CIA was behind the assassination of the Iranian PM in 1963.

        September 4, 2013 at 11:33 am |
  9. jerry

    Christiane Amanpour is trying to make herself all about the news.....Syria's chemical weapons used to be Iran's before they were driven over the border!

    September 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply
    • skytag

      What's your evidence for that?

      September 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  10. jacobee jacobbiliousness

    It's so easy for those with everyone else's blood on their hands to turn the other way, The UN stinks! This guy hides in an embassy without a clue regarding the findings on sarin. Regardless, this writer is AGAINST U.S. intervention in Syria's affairs no matter how harsh Assad has been. This writer said the same before Bush started his war with Iraq. We all know how that went. ANY attack on Syria will be wasted. Lives will be lost. Millions are migrating and stressing nearby countries that are far stressed already. The whole Middle East becomes even more unstable with America killing its dictators who, as ruthless as they are, KEEP ORDER in their counties. Iraq could have easily been policed with weapons inspectors staying in Iraq indefinitely. There would have been NO WAR.

    Read these lips, Obama: NO WAR ON SYRIA!

    September 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  11. Drew

    Both sides in this are bad, and we're making ourselves look bad now too getting involved. How broke are we to be sticking our necks out on this when the rest of the world encourages action.. FROM US ALONE, let the Arab League handle it.

    Stay out of the middle east!

    September 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • betty aldrich

      I agree with you we need to stay out of the middle east they need to fight there own battles . We have a enough of our military people killed already isn't that enough and all the people that were killed in09/11/2001

      September 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Hashman

      What if the Saudi's were to pay for it? It would actually help our economy, create jobs, and bring in GDP. So who cares who actually gassed who, or how many of our service members die, as long as the Saudis pay for it and we keep telling ourselves it was for just cause, it's all good.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Reply
      • Basheer

        Let me agree with you about the money part, that someone should pay and in facr Saudi is going to pay. Now, as the pay is already arranged; why don't you stand with the poor people of Syria?
        You may look for your own benefit and other's benefits as well!

        September 4, 2013 at 12:33 am |
  12. bozikhan

    Monsters don't sleep..

    September 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  13. bozikhan

    Monsters don't sleep,,,

    September 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  14. ug

    I sleep just fine...

    September 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  15. Robert Gemerek

    How can you blame the Syrian government for all the bloodshed? That's not fair and you know it....the rebels are less well equipped and therefore have resorted to more brutal methods then the regime. I'm fairly certain the Syrian government didn't ask for rebels backed and supplied by foreign governments to start a civil war. Look at pictures of the rebels, they're all wearing brand new pants and clothes....but the Syrian government has been much stronger then anyone predicted and now that they can't get rid of Assad through clandestine means (such as transporting rebels into Syria and supporting the rebels behind the scenes) they are now resorting to propaganda to gain support for using military force against Syria when their isn't actually any reason a foreign country should be attacking Syria. The British realized this.

    September 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  16. ScottCA

    Russia and China are accomplices in the crimes that are occurring in Syria, by protecting Assad and his criminal government.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • SouthPerk

      Indirectly. On the other hand, US helped Iraq to get chemical weapon in 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  17. Tim

    Syria is a very complex situation. I've always enjoyed Christiane's past work, but she really seems to be beating the war drum for the administration. Even more than Wolfe. A little disappointing to me.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • james

      Tim, I am so dissappointed from her too :(

      September 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  18. Chris

    "shaky intelligence" lol, some people really have a hard time realizing that the methods he's referring to is actual collection of factual data. Does he really think we are just believing this because someone has told us? Hearing excuses from this regime also the russians just feels like we are dealing w people that are in denial and think they are actually being slick. It's like dealing w a child when catching them in a lie.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • JOSH P.

      You mean the same way we fabricated LIES to go murder half a million Iraqis for OIL.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • Hashman

      Right, because we've never relied on shaky evidence for going to war in the past, have we?

      September 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  19. Everett

    Bush and Obama have killed 10 times as many people as Assad...maybe the CIA agent Amanpour should ask them how they sleep at night.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • Crabby

      So they've killed 1 million people have they? Name 2000.

      September 4, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
  20. NOYB

    The little syrian man looked afraid of a woman asking him tough questions. The men in general from the Middle East are cowards in the way they treat women and anyone else who does not bow properly to that phedophile known as Mohamaad.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • alrich68

      She's an empowered woman. That's kryptonite to most men in the middle east.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Reply
      • Robert Gemerek

        empowered woman? how so?

        September 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
  21. Alan

    I have followed Mrs Amanpour for two decades now and quite frankly her professionalism, intelligence, experience and measured nature is something that is quite unique in today's complex political world.

    It would not surprise me at all to see a lady of this caliber one day representing the UN. In saying that the UN has a long way to go before they will attract someone with these skills and humanitarian values to head their organisation.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      I agree, she has been a respected figure in the journalism community ever since her reporting on Bosnia in the 90's. I do think that she's become a little more of an opinion journalist of late, and sometimes seems to echo whatever the Obama administration is saying. I hope she regains her footing and can once again inspire many of us to really think through some of these issues and reach our own conclusions without the rhetoric and emotive language.

      September 4, 2013 at 4:58 am | Reply
  22. JOSH P.

    Hey Armanpour,how do you sleep,when you know that your adopted country FABRICATED LIES to go murder half a million Iraqis.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  23. Nathan Berkowitz

    How do YOU Christiane Amampour sleep after your more than questionable reporting in Bosnia which ended up causing pain and suffering to so many people???

    September 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      Please elaborate. How did she do that?

      September 4, 2013 at 4:59 am | Reply
  24. Paul

    We are a Savior Nation. But we before we attack Syria we need to know whether Assad is the culprit or are the rebels who are Al-Qaida too are the culprit. Why did the British reject the proposal, do they know more than us. Because if we attack there are going to more casualties and collateral damage. Just take out Assad if he is the culprit, no need to support Al-Nusra – Al Qaida combine.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • saadasme

      What ever weapons or skills we give the rebels (Al Qaeda) they will use against us. Remember, we provided the weapons and training for the rebels in Afghanistan to fight the USSR. Remember how that turned out.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • Robert Gemerek

      savior nation? I didn't sign up to save anyone. you and your family can go save Syria then, mines gonna stay right here.

      September 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • Vijayendira

      September 4, 2013 at 6:51 am | Reply
  25. The Carthaginian

    I watched the interview live and I thought it was appallingly biased and one sided, much like the most of CNNs coverage of the Syrian conflict has been.

    The fact is that there are serious questions that have not been answered. I keep hearing the lie repeated that the rebels are not in possession of chemical weapons there are videos on YouTube right now at this moment that show Syrian rebels using Sarin gas on rabbits and showing Turkish branded base chemicals to create Sarin... this information is not hidden or even hard to find. Saudi Arabia and Turkey are secretly providing the Syrian rebels with weaponry of a caliber which is unknown.

    If the United States has a strong evidence showing that the Assad regime was responsible for the chemical attack then why do they not present this information to the United Nations. Syria is a member of the UN and attacking them without UN approval is a clear contravention of international law. If the US doesnt follow international law then why should anyone else?

    September 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  26. Goran

    Maybe Christiane should ask herself this as she beats the war drum again. Yugoslavia, Iraq and now Syria. Same playbook.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  27. Naota

    How does Mrs Amanpour sleep at night, knowing she supports al Qaeda rebels who are raping women, burning down Christian churches, and slaughtering Christian children?

    She's disgusting.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • Lord Toronaga

      Well... she converted to Judaism after marrying James Rubin super liberal Clinton supporter.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • Southerner01

        That's irrelevant. By opposing Assad, she is supporting the rebels, who include Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood.

        September 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
  28. us_1776

    Good job, Christiana.

    All these despots would kill every last citizen if it meant they could still remain in power.

    .

    September 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  29. volsocal

    Mrs. Amanpour, this is a culture that thinks beheading Christians and Jews is a sport.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  30. Bob

    Bet he stays in the U.S. for the next couple of months.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  31. Lord Toronaga

    Amanpour, go to h e ll. The USA has killed more people than small pox and burned people to death with napalm. How many children died from Obama's drones... Israel has killed hundreds of thousands of Palestinian rebels... Go back to your rich husband.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Golem

      You are a liar.

      September 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      Whoa! NOT TRUE!!!! How can you write such crapp on here without thinking you will be called out. Drones killed more than smallpox? ARE YOU INSANE?!?!?! Do some research before you put your idiodic comments on here.

      September 4, 2013 at 5:01 am | Reply
  32. 12mp

    Not one of her better interviews. He didn't answer her question and instead used CNN to waffle on about how everything is the fault of the US/Israel/UK/France/Saudi. Typical Arab mentality: it's always someone else's fault.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • Sleepwell

      Did you see the same interview – he used Iraq as an example of false info wars and stated that other goats were complicit. Not a fair and balanced news report. Christine lost her composure at times and raised her voice to interrupt. She deserves an Emmy award for being so tough on crime!

      September 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  33. SteveB

    Why the $@%^# did Obama draw "a red line" to begin with? What a stupid move. Now he MUST take action or be seen as a coward. Now we MUST put our nose where it doesn't belong (again). You don't see any Middle East countries intervening in Syria – do you? Take the hint from them. Syria's civil war is their issue. Let them and the surrounding countries handle it. I believe our government is facing furloughs – correct?

    September 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  34. Mangoman

    Remember Baghdad Bob?

    September 3, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  35. saadasme

    The questions "and just asking". Who used the sarin? The rebels to gather the sympathy vote and have the world move against Assad or was it Assad's government. Would the tests performed be able to tell us what type of sarin was used and what manufacturing method. This could be used to the determine the country of origin.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • The Carthaginian

      Its homemade trash grade Sarin which is why it didnt kill that many people.

      Its homebrewed by the rebels with base ingredients provided by Turkey. There is a video on YouTube showing the Turkish chemicals and the rebels testing the Sarin on rabbits, just search "Syrian rabbits" on YouTube.

      September 3, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  36. Jamie Estevez

    How does Amanpour sleep at night knowing that she works for the globalist propaganda machine known as CNN that has been supporting Al Qaeda in Syria since the beginning of the war and now wants NATO to act as their air force.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      Oh waah waah waah. Stoopid baby. Fox News appeases the right, CNN appeases the centre left. So what? Get over it and grow up.

      September 4, 2013 at 5:03 am | Reply
  37. Southerner01

    Maybe he sleeps at night knowing that he is defending the lesser of two evils. The Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda in charge of Syria would be a nightmare, especially if they manage to secure power in Libya and get it back in Egypt. Oddly our administration supports both of those events.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  38. saeed

    How does USA sleep at night USA killed 1 million people in Iraq USA killed 50000 people in Afghanistan USA killed 10000 people in Libya and USA lied about all of them chemical weapons Iraq bin laden was in Afghanistan then they found him in Pakistan no fly zone in Libya all of them was a lie. or maybe how does that USA soldier sleep that killed 16 Afghan civilians and he is still alive and well. or maybe how does that Norwegian sleep Breivik that killed a 100 children or how does that Irish person sleep that killed 2 innocent polish guys in Dublin that CNN reported nothing about or maybe that ghanaian guy that killed 3 Italians with a pickaxe and sits in prison in Italy now. western world are full of monsters.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
    • letmeeatcake

      how do the recruiters of suicide bombers sleep at night?

      September 4, 2013 at 6:03 am | Reply
  39. PDXSerric

    Shouldn't we pretty much be asking the same question of the other UN Ambassadors, including the US?

    September 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  40. stay out of Syria

    This administration did not care when over a hundred thousand people were being shot, bombed and God knows what else. Why now? What is the difference if you are shot, bombed or gassed, dead is dead.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  41. Ray Thomas

    Classic Amanpour, instead of being a journalist interested in getting at the truth she is a propagandist bully using her position as a way to advance Pentagon's agenda. She's done it in the 90s and she's doing it now. How does SHE sleep at night?

    September 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  42. pkfops

    My sister has a habit of borrowing money and not paying it back; she'll play the victim also when it comes payback time.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Sleepwell

      How does she sleep at night? Do you count pennies?

      September 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  43. The Thinker1958

    Saddam Hussein was giving 5,000 to the families of suicide bombers... the US invaded Iraq.
    Iran is giving arms to Lebanon, enemy of Israel... the US wanted to attack Iran... too much opposition.
    Syria is allowing the transfer of arms from Iran to Lebanon, again, enemy of Israel.... the US wants to attack Syria.
    Israel was confirming immediately that the Government of Syria used chemical weapons a few months ago.
    Israel is doing the same thing again: immediate confirmation that the Government is involved.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Sleepwell

      How much did US govt give to the suicide bombers victims families and first responders? Do they sleep well?

      September 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  44. tms5510

    Amanpour seems very impolite and unreasonable. The ambassador is too stupid to continue the interview

    September 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  45. giuseppe

    This guy sleeps the same way Lord Obama does.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  46. dike

    Well the Syrians gassed Syrians and are killing each other. Iranians have joined in too so leave them alone so all of middle east will be killing each other and leave the west alone. US will be to blame if you help or dont, so save the bloodshed in our hands let them be. I dont have much empathy to middle east or fanatic Muslim countries. If we help them now soon they will attack us. We should have learn t our lesson from Pakistan

    September 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  47. For Reals

    How do you sleep at night? what kind of a question is that? that guy has 7 wives.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  48. JJ

    I don't support the Assad regime, but this statement on the part of CNN... "Ja’afari was evasive, responding that the use of chemical weapons was “horrible” and “appalling.”" This is not true. He was not evasive. He answered the question directly.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  49. داعس على رأس بشار الاسد

    His Godfather ASSad bombarded civilians with ballistic missiles, air raids, heavy artillery...... why not use chemical...... who will stop him? The free world chose not to act.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  50. joebob

    Yes poor little us we had nothing to do with promoting terrorism in Lebanon in the late 70's – Really! and as for us rolling out the red carpet for Hezbollah – never happened.......I guess what comes around goes around.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  51. elvix

    I am pretty sure Ambassador J is taking a lot of melatonin pills to be able to sleep and he is getting addicted to it.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  52. Sleepwell

    Christine do an interview on Kerry and discuss depleted uranium and the effects of this on the civilians of Iraq! What tone would you use then?

    September 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • james

      That a big point bro!!! She's very impolite in this interview!!! And we know just why

      September 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  53. keeroc15

    KT – I think the 90% disability is pertaining to your brain. Of course the Bush gang are all war criminals. Most of them can't even leave the country.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  54. ilan from israel

    amanpour is a hypocrite.
    why doesn't she aske the saudi or bahraini king dictators "how do THEY sleep at night" ?

    September 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • Skarphace

      If those governments were to use chemical weapons against their own people, I am sure she would. Right now, there is no comparison and therefore no hypocrisy, except in your own mind.

      September 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      Sure the crackdowns on protesters in those countries has been rough and unfair. But it doesn't compare to the 100,000 + now dead in Syria. Grow up and stop watching your RT or Press TV.

      September 4, 2013 at 5:07 am | Reply
  55. The Thinker1958

    missing questions:
    1) How do you fight the so called terrorists by bombing entire blocks of houses?
    2) If you think using chemicals weapons is a horrible thing to do why do you store so many of them in Syria?

    September 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  56. john

    Has anyone just tried to ask Syria to turn over their chemical weapons in storage? This would settle the whole issue.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • Skarphace

      In the above interview, Christiane did exactly that. The Syrian ambassador deflected saying that if the US backs down then maybe his government would consider doing so. I am sure that he did not expect anyone to believe him.

      September 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  57. dicmellon

    Way to grandstand Christiane... your nation has killed 50,000. How do you sleep?

    September 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  58. Bruce Lee

    Amanpour like most CNN egotistical, over-paid "news readers" think they make news instead of just reporting it. Why did she never ask Netanyahu and her beloved Israel how they sleep at night after murdering over 1,400 Palestinians including hundreds of women and children in Gaza, using white phosperous?? And America's use of agent orange in Vietnam?? America supplying Saddam with chemical weapons?? How can Obama, McCain, Graham, Kerry and all the other US war mongers they have followed, Bush, Cheney, Rice et al sleep at night?

    September 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • T

      Mr. Lee, why are you lying?
      Nothing you wrote is true.

      September 4, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply
  59. thoughtsjustsome

    Sadaam killed 300,000 of his own people with these same weapons... Likely, the VERY same weapons and the Left was outraged that Bush would want to act against him for breaking the UN resolutions and the terms of the cease fire that kept these kind of killings at bay. Now Obama decides that 1500 deaths warrant military intervention and the DEM hawks come out.

    It's sick.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • What is going on? FREEDOM

      There was no evidence of chemical weapons transported to Syria. Our satellites, which were over Iraq before the war began, did not pick up any transports going toward Syria. Many of us disagreed with the war because there was no imminent threat of chemical weapons being used (if there were any, which we have not found for over 10 years). That is why we disagreed with it. I am in support of launching cruise missiles into Syria (which isn't a declaration of war) in stopping and trying to deter the use of chemical weapons.

      September 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Reply
      • Harry Cline

        Your a fool !

        It's proxy all over again like Vietnam. Same players too, Russia and the U.S.
        You have no prof of anything except what CNN feeds you. This was and is a set up from the start.

        September 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  60. What is going on? FREEDOM

    I agree with some of these people that we should stay out of the Syrian conflict, but now chemical weapons were used regardless of which side used them. We need to insure that Al-Qaeda affiliate groups don't grab chemical weapons to use them and to insure that Hezbollah (a known terrorist group supporting and aiding Bashar al-Assad) don't grab chemical weapons to use against Israel or other nations.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  61. George

    Silly question,since the answer for most world leaders is "very well thanks for asking".

    September 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  62. Paul

    Change, yes we can?......... another BS artist.....Ja'afari will be on the democratic ticket in 2016!

    September 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  63. JAm

    Just ask yourself who are the victims? And who has the technology to deliver the chemical weapons to their target? Remember this was not a suicide bombing. To deploy chemical weapons you need a special kind of rocket. You also need the knowledge on how to mix the different ingredients to activate the chemical weapon.

    It is difficult to believe that the Syrian opposition has the knowledge and the technology to fire these weapons. Also it is difficult to believe that they fired them at their OWN children instead of firing them against Assad troops. Why is it that no one from Hizballah died because of these weapons?

    September 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • Rick

      Why is it implied that rebeles=Can't into technology?
      You must remember the rebels have a wide variety of arms. Being rebel doesn't make you automatically an idiot so you can't follow instructions. There have been footage of rebels posts experimenting with sarin gas on animals.
      Their own people? you say?
      The neighborhood that was affected was alawite, not sunni. Assad being alawite himself how would he attack the people supporting him, specially when there were UN inspectors on the city? Illogical

      September 4, 2013 at 4:11 am | Reply
  64. are122

    Sure hope they do better then Obama at change.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  65. certo

    She is ridiculous in her pompous stance. This pathetic nonsense is good for kids.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  66. Irwin

    How did Bush sleep at night after illegally invading Iraq and kill hundreds of thousands! Let's not get holier than Thos, Ms Amanpour. Assad should be hauled before the Hague is he's guilty, But our 'democrats' are from guiltless in their tortures and illegal wars!

    September 3, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Red Phalanx

      Boosh, Boosh, Boosh, Keel the Boosh! You sound like the mindless dogs on the streets of any middle east city.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  67. Olaf Big

    Don't do it Barry... This looks like a poorly thought-through open-ended mission without any clear military objective. This is just like Vietnam started – air raids to get the attention of a hostile government, no boots on the ground, and look where it ended... Don't do it Barry...

    September 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  68. Jeff Kelly

    Obama is quick on the trigger to send his drones at his discretion. What if? What if they sent in the drones onto his house, would it be justified?

    September 3, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  69. Harry Cline

    I wonder how the people who work for CNN sleep at night, know they are working for corporate conglomerate who pimps what the day's flavored agenda happens to be.

    5 years later and any jobs created are barely a 30hr. work week with no benefits. But someone somewhere will make something off our involvement in Syria like they did in Iraq.

    News Flash CNN we don't trust you anymore then the politicians..

    September 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Red Phalanx

      I dont disagree with you about CNN, but it's a fair question to ask of someone who is supposed to be an ambassdor, much like the questions asked of Tariq Aziz.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  70. Ethan

    Who cares how this guy sleeps at night? That bears no relevance to the issue. Kind of a pointless interview. Amanpour asks, "Are you afraid of an American response to alleged gas attacks?" Ambassador responds, "We are victims of American aggression." How many different ways can you say it? A lot, apparently. It's apparent the ambassador has his list of speaking points and Amanpour has trouble getting any good questions in. To be fair, the ambassador is conducting an interview in English and I think he cannot respond dynamically to the questions being asked due to, perhaps, a limited vocabulary. In any case, poor interview without much point. Could've used the time to talk about more interesting things than Syrian talking points.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  71. PAUL

    we need to end the suffering now, lets get the boots on the ground and end this civil war, senators quit dilly dallying and put your heads in gear, bush, Mc Cain , OBAMA needs help Don, t prolong the agony, the suffering the deaths of those syrian people, Bashaar is telling you he has no intentions of stopping the civil war , he has already distroyed the country, lets see what he says at the hague,

    September 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • Harry Cline

      Interesting the amount of paid Syrian rebels flooding the chat rooms over the last week. Who is paying you people ? The CIA..

      September 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • Red Phalanx

      Bush? really? What planet are you from?

      September 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Reply
    • letmeeatcake

      the syrian rebels weighed the consequences when they started this...if they expect us to win win their revolution for them, then they need to do as we say...even convert to our religion if we say so...

      September 4, 2013 at 5:56 am | Reply
  72. Matt

    Why in the world would Syria use Sarin gas? It would only cause a possibly attack by the west. This seems like an act of other groups who want to make it look like the Assad's regime used gas. It would be completely stupid for Assad to WMD's and very much for the benefit of the opposition to launch a fake attack.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Well, Assad and his generals know that Russian and China will oppose almost any UN sanctioned actions which severely limits the legitimacy of any military intervention. Further, they know that the US cried wolf before in Iraq and that any coalition behind military action will not be so great in scope. Obama, in the past has shown willingness in Libya to prevent government crackdown, but only because the oil there served national interest. Syria's resources, I believe, are not so vital to American trade. Further, the rebel groups are a mixture of very different ideologies, many of which the West is loathe to aide because of Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups being active in the region too. Top that off with the fact that nobody has tried to put a stop to his conventional war either and lack of international access to the area. It seems to me that they decided the limited use of chemical weapons would help to instill fear in the population with very little collateral damage incoming from the UN or the international community. Or, perhaps Assad's generals are not falling properly into line and ordered the strike themselves without regime authorization. It could be any number of things.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  73. S-Hug

    Saudi Arabia is calling the shots here, and our government is powerless to resist their influence. The chemical weapons assertions are just a distraction from the truth.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  74. Mary

    I used to respect Mrs. Amanpour, but in the Syrian and Middle Eastern issues, I've noticed that she is becoming biased. Mrs. Amanpour, are you sure you are still your own boss? Even the rebels themselves are admitting that they used the chemical weapons. Why is it so hard to believe this simple fact? The truth is NOBODY believes YOU anymore. Open your ears and eyes, please to regain the respect you used to enjoy.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • Red Phalanx

      Of course she is biased. She works for CNN. duh.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • desert voice

      Clearly, the woeld has had enough of seein tortured and murdered children on the television screens! At this point doest matter who used the chemical weapons. Fo the men of good will, unbiased and independent, the only thing that matters now is whether the UN can go peacefully, without having to destroy Syria and cause more bloodshed, to remove all chemical weapons from Syria! This is the last chance for Assad. Will he call the UN now and say yes, or will he prefer Syria being further damaged and bloodied?

      September 4, 2013 at 6:30 am | Reply
  75. Manny Juárez

    "The biggest weapon of mass destruction is the media" -Bashar Ja’afari

    Agree.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  76. thekingsmen

    How does Amanpour sleep at night by citing war-mongering tactics. She sold out a long time ago getting paid to make misinfo by other countries. Sadly she will sell out again with Iran will be attacked.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  77. markiejoe

    Good for you, Christiane. Give 'em he!!.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  78. Peter

    “How do you sleep at night, Mister Ja’afari,” she asked, “defending a regime, a government, that has caused so much bloodshed?”

    If you are going to ask that question ... why not ask the same of US leaders? 300,000 Vietnamese children with birth defects, 100,000-1,000,000 dead Iraqis, signifcant rise in cancer incidence in areas the US deployed DU munitions, an on and on ...

    September 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  79. omeany

    He sleeps because he believes he's doing the right thing. I respectfully disagree with him on this point. I don't think we have the right or money to get involved in another country's civil war.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Reply
    • Red Phalanx

      that's right. Let them kill each other with chemical weapons. It's only human anyway. We should not be concerned.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  80. Ryan Evans

    All of you shills and sheep need to fall silent. there is PROOF that it was THE REBELS wgo fired the chemical rockets. you can watch them shooting them off on youtube. why would assad do THE ONE THING that would bring international condemnation? do you think he, or anyone would be so stupid and act against their own self interests? ONLY the islamic fundamentalist "rebels" benefit from a chemical attack. and as I said, you can watch the rebels firing them on liveleak and youtube.

    here's my question: do you think the rebels would have gassed those children if Obama had never made his "red line" remark?

    How does Obama sleep at night? prob like a babay. a race baiting, war mongering, drone ordering, child murdering baby.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • markiejoe

      Yah right. Youtube is the definitive source of all accurate information.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Reply
      • Jim

        Hah, yeah, and we all know what a chemical weapon looks like too, right? Silliness.

        September 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • M.A.P.

      Really? A child murdering baby? Hahaha! Youtube is your source of all information? Ever think that the Syrian gov coulve made that video? Wow you are really not a genius, are you!

      September 4, 2013 at 5:10 am | Reply
  81. Ibrahim ado

    I wonder how and why the so called international police want to have a changes according to to arab leaders

    September 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  82. bellenoitr

    Will someone please PROVE who orchestrated these chemical attacks?

    September 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • Ryan Evans

      I'm glad you asked.

      here, have video proof that the obama administration is lying and they know assad did not use chemicals, the "rebelS" DID.

      youtubeDOTcom/watch?v=8DcqVfI4xIY

      September 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  83. nasim

    Chirstane goes to afganistan or iraq wear veils. She goes saudi arab, she speak looks like a goat ... but when other country she disrespect i have seen these over and over again. she becomes goat when talks to saudi prince.

    September 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  84. Red Phalanx

    If you cant spell or make a complete sentence then at least use a spell checker.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  85. Red Phalanx

    If you cant speak english then send your comments to Al Jazeerah.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  86. Syrian Civilean

    thank you mrs for this great stand with us !
    those dictators can't sleep because they live to kill us each day
    bombs ,murturs and aircraft every day bombing our houses and city s

    September 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  87. Dorcas Tailor

    Why isn't Assad & his supporters (RCI – russia-china-iran) showing proof of innocence in not using chemical weapons????? tired of hearing their innocence without any evidence?????? they are loud enough to claim innocent in words only!!!!!! We want to see the evidence from both sides.......show the world!!!

    September 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • naliwai

      Amanpour has a strange logic. When Sarin was used in Tokyo subway was the government guilty because civilians don't have the means to deliver and use these chemicals?

      A part of Syria is under the terrorist's control. Can USA prove that there were no chemical weapons left at that territory? I haven't heard anything about this.

      September 5, 2013 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • naliwai

      And sorry to say...but in a normal court it is a job of the one who accuses to prove that the person is guilty.

      September 5, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
  88. Rock Reynolds

    Het Amanpour, way to call the kettle "black".
    Unlike US politicians, this dude is actually telling the truth.
    You've got childrens' blood on your hands, Amanpour. Sleep well.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  89. NgauHuPhart

    Ja’afari has his history misaligned. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, United States Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, made a very global presentation to the United Nations General Assembly, of the irrefutable evidence that the Soviets were assembling offensive nuclear weapons in Cuba. Why not do that now? Show the analysis of the weaponry, and more specifically; who deployed them.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  90. Dan

    Conversely Ms. Amanpour, How do you sleep at night working for an organization that represents the global elite that are systematically tearing down our societies?, and you know exactly what I mean. Is it the nice fat paycheck?.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  91. Dimitri

    He sleeps better than you he calls for peace you call for war

    September 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  92. Dimitri

    CNN voice of war

    September 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  93. Hurip Pande

    On May, the rebels did use the chemical weapons right? Now? The government is accused? CNN is a weapon of mass destruction indeed. Is all this about a oil pipeline on Syria ground.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • nunya

      dude, go on and smoke a little more of that stuff

      September 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • i4s

      You're wrong. It's all about Iran, and in the end, Isreal.

      September 3, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  94. nunya

    who let Larry the Cable guy go to Syria and Fart? Now see what you have caused? Dangit! Caint take you no where!

    September 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  95. ed

    why should the U.S. get involved. The Arab world danced in the streets because of 9/11

    September 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  96. Jodie

    This puppet of Assads is trying to kiss American butt now..sounding almost contrite! It's an act. Please don't bomb us act. I do wonder how ANY of these rag brains sleep. Visions of gassed children dancing in their heads. It's utterly sickening!

    September 3, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  97. Jodie

    And why the fak are we going to help Al Quaeda?????

    September 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  98. Jodie

    Id seriously love to know the REAL motivation. 2 years and Obi has done zip. Kids have been massacred (Houla) and thousands tortured and killed and now he wants to get involved?!?! Something reeks here.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  99. Raphael

    It is sad that our media is so one-sided. We do not have any definitive proof that the Syrian government is responsible for these chemical attacks. While the U.S. media, the President, and Congress are convinced that Assad is guilty, we should be careful before we assume that the U.S. government is telling the truth. We bombed Iraq under false pretenses. It seems that President Obama is rushing to war with Syria, all for the security of right wing Israelis. This is a continuation of the policy of George W. Bush. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. I believe that President Bush at least had some justification for Iraq. 9/11 happened. On the other hand, President Obama is going to war with a small nation based on no attack on U.S. soil. I think it is hypocritical that supporters of Obama's policies do not think that President Obama's policies resemble Bush's when they do. The U.N. does not say that Syria is guilty; they just say that a chemical weapons attack occurred. We need to stop showing the world that war is the way to peace in the Middle East. I personally think that our policy of bullying around Muslims and following a policy of destroying other cultures can never bring peace to the Middle East. War never brings peace. Let the Syrian people determine their own destiny. America should lead the war by promoting peace, not war.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • i4s

      "America should lead the war by promoting peace, not war." - But this is against US policy (check the date):

      “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”

      globalresearch . ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

      September 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  100. AAA

    Amanpour is biased and very unprofessional.

    September 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  101. Raphael

    Anyway, we can post all the comments we want. In this country, the military and the President will make their decisions without caring about what the American people or Congress think.
    I was surprised that Kerry said in the senate hearings that President Obama would bomb Syria even if Congress did not give him authorization.
    What motivates him to go to war so much?

    September 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Reply
    • i4s

      Because only by going to war, the donor of our politicians, like the defense industry and oil industry, can get more money by selling more weapons and selling gas at much higher price. It's also related to the security of Israel.

      September 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  102. richwood7

    They are Muslims, life means nothing to them, war, child abuse, denial of women's rights, killing, torture (real torture, not like Gitmo which was more like a fraternity initiation process) This is how they party and have fun times, they enjoy it why should we interfere with their fun?

    September 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  103. James

    Sad that it takes propaganda to defend a horrid nation ruled by tyrants. Even more sad that there exists suckers that fall for this propaganda and actually defend these murdeous tyrants.

    September 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  104. Meinland Uber

    I dont know why but Christiane was the last journalist I actually had some respect for until this. I dont know who did what but to badger the Ambassador, not let him talk and basically call him a liar puts her in the same catagory as the rest of the so called journalists. Looking at her bio shows why she doesnt hold other so called leaders and elected officials to the same standard. I wont be believing anything I see anymore.

    September 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  105. Wondering Russian

    Just curious, here goes chronological chain of events.

    1. Hezbollah (AKA Iran lol) starts supplying Assad with the only recourse he was short of to win the was against "rebels" (AKA Al Qaida, isn't it war against terror btw lol?) – unlimited amount of infantry ready to kill and dye in urban combats.
    2. Using them, Asad's forces start pushing "rebels" back all over Syria, breaking the course of war.
    3. US warns that it will get involved IF chemical weapon will be used.
    4. "Asad" (I've heard NO proofs other then Obama's word against Asad's word) uses sarin, that he DIDN'T use while he was actually loosing the war...
    5. US happily goes to war.

    Questions I personally have:

    1. If Asad is total idiot?
    2. Why did he used sarin AFTER the warning when his troops were winning, not before while they were loosing?
    3. US congress and people, are you actually buying this crap, or you just don't care anymore (after Iraq, Serbia, Afghanistan etc) who YOUR army is about to start killing and why?

    Have a good night sleep, America. Don't think too hard, you might get used to it lol.

    September 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • Sllalom

      Great questions.

      Obama has no answers.

      September 4, 2013 at 1:02 am | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      Aren't those questions that you should direct to the Syrian regime? We don't know why he used the chemical weapons. Probably to test the international community to see if they would react. You always speak of Obama being the war monger, what about Assad? He's the one ordering the deaths of all opposition protesters that lead to this awful mess. Now the entire international community is involed and suprise suprise, your lovely country who sells all the weapons to Syria, won't give up its customer no matter how many innocent lives are taken.

      September 4, 2013 at 5:14 am | Reply
      • Wondering Russian

        M.A.P. So let me ask YOU.
        Lets say you fight with some dude. And fight is heavy. I like the dude better? so I put a gun on you, as you start winning, and say:
        - M.A.P., if you throw a stone at the guy, I'll shoot you!
        Right away you throw one at him, will you? If you never did before as you DIDN'T NEED TO btw, as you finally start kicking his ass?
        Yeh right, tough guys like you and Assad will do it, just to test a guy with a big gun, uhu.
        US brainwashing machine has done a good job on you, I guess.

        September 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
  106. crysis63

    for you americans who want war i hope you are ready to live in fear for the rest of your lives.

    September 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      What is that a threat? What can Syria do? They are a tiny insignificant country with outdated military equiptment. The US does not fear Syria. They just weighing up the benefits of attacking.

      September 4, 2013 at 5:15 am | Reply
  107. ytuque

    I would like to see Amanpour ask a Saudi royal about how do they sleep at night due to their support of global terrorism.

    September 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Reply
    • i4s

      Yes, its strange that Saudi has the most dictatorship in the world (behind N. Korea?), yet the US is not overthrowing it.

      September 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  108. Freddie Nerk

    Amanpour always sides with rebels and terrorists. No wonder Iran kicked her out. She had sympathy for the Boston bombers too- referring to them as "boys". Too bad for CNN that the war has been postponed, they love war and the images. Good for ratings.

    September 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  109. nabaz

    and how Americans could sleep when Iraqi regime bombarded Kurdish villages with chemical weapons that they knew about in 1988.
    Just how could you sleep?

    September 3, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  110. jimmy lim

    Amanpour is a iranian/syrian sympathiser and anti US. Ban Ki-moon is weak and ineffective as secretary general. 100k syrians have been killed under his watch. And he is still doing nothing except to stop US strikes. Just let the Tomahawks loose I say

    September 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  111. Ashish

    Hahaha! What a ludicrous headline! Case of pot calling the kettle black. The foreign policy of USofA really needs a revisit and revision. It is no longer an untouchable. It is a shadow of its previous self and it should be accepted. Its a thin line between, playing 'world cop' and 'opportunistic intervention'.
    Please understand the world is a mix of cultures and all cultures need not be the same/align to each other all the time. There would be conflicts and these would need to taken in the stride.

    September 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  112. mick jones

    amanpour at her worst....

    September 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  113. Nahda

    Christine, as someone whom I used to admire, you have become such a cheap shill. Shame on you!

    September 4, 2013 at 12:21 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      She always has been, most "journalists" are nowadays.

      September 4, 2013 at 12:43 am | Reply
  114. Listenbothsides

    Amonpour: sir ,sir ,sir thats all she had to say she had no legit backup her questions, she dint want to hear what he had to say. We all know that US and France are both involved in this war indirectly. I have been reading CNN for the last few months and all i have seen is a bias network that just wants to point fingers at a Assad without any evidence. This site has no REAL NEWS that, you guys are just pathetic

    September 4, 2013 at 1:36 am | Reply
  115. Ferdi

    Ms. Amanpour, Why didn't you ask this same question to Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney ?

    September 4, 2013 at 1:41 am | Reply
  116. Ferdi

    Ms. Amanpour, Why didn't you ask this same question to the former US administration ?

    September 4, 2013 at 1:42 am | Reply
  117. hasan

    We've heard some discussions yesterday from Kerry and Hagel on Syria in Congress think it's very far from reality they do not have only one thing is the need to agree to hit Syria and always have the excuse of national security to America, I never heard such thing as what the Syrians want only take request external opposition and is a puppet of the bay and America , how do you deal with people who have betrayed their country does honors treason in your country Both asked the Syrians hit Syria, regardless of the positions of the government is a traitor is treason honor in your democratic privilege we Syrian people at home we took a decision to protect the state from you every همكم Israel, why do not تدعموا our right to recover the occupied Golan and agree to the option of peace instead of war, we saw what you did for violations of humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan , Libya and Guantanamo and is continuing until now , and the Syrian people, not stupid , and you know it and if the Syrian people against government to remain steadfast until now only دعمتم al-Qaeda and the Wahhabis and is dominating the opposition with money and weapons Will you with al Qaeda Do you beheadings and slaughter and cut hands and cannibals are you became blind from watching crimes of terrorists and Mjazarhm the right of all sects and claim that the system and if it is still holding so far despite these massacres and the economic and financial embargo and محاربتكم of people in subsistence wait equity through democracy and humanity which Taatberhon the Thank you

    September 4, 2013 at 1:56 am | Reply
  118. Mekaal

    My compliments to Ms. Amanpour for saying it on the face of the murderers

    September 4, 2013 at 2:00 am | Reply
  119. Fredsta

    Awesome Anampour! Much respect! Assadist pwned!

    September 4, 2013 at 2:02 am | Reply
  120. Vampire lestat

    We are still waiting for proof that the chemical weapon was used by the syrian army and not the rebels,

    September 4, 2013 at 2:03 am | Reply
  121. hasan

    We've heard some discussions yesterday from Kerry and Hagel on Syria in Congress think it's very far from reality they do not have only one thing is the need to agree to hit Syria and always have the excuse of national security to America, I never heard such thing as what the Syrians want only take request external opposition and is a puppet of the bay and America , how do you deal with people who have betrayed their country does honors treason in your country Both asked the Syrians hit Syria, regardless of the positions of the government is a traitor is treason honor in your democratic privilege we Syrian people at home we took a decision to protect the state from you every What do you want Israel, why do not Tadwa our right to recover the occupied Golan and agree to the option of peace instead of war, we saw what you did for violations of humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan , Libya and Guantanamo and is continuing until now , and the Syrian people, not stupid , and you know it and if the Syrian people against the government of what remained resilient so far only Taidun al-Qaeda and the Wahhabis and is dominating the opposition with money and weapons Will you with al Qaeda Do you beheadings and slaughter and cut hands and cannibals are you became blind from watching crimes of terrorists and Mjazarhm the right of all communities and claim that the system and if it is still holding so far despite these massacres and the economic and financial embargo and you fight the Syrian people in subsistence wait equity through democracy and humanity which Taatberhon the Thank hands Off Syria will Tfjron Middle East volcano first affected Israel

    September 4, 2013 at 2:09 am | Reply
  122. parcilia

    it was a horrible interview . clearly shows CNN is paid by US govt. i smell conspiracy.
    and the last question, how do you sleep? , it was so silly , this question can be asked to many in the political arena these days

    September 4, 2013 at 2:16 am | Reply
    • Ball

      Operation Mockingbird in full effect

      September 4, 2013 at 4:26 am | Reply
  123. John C

    Amanpour you are so weak!!! Haha you were afraid of the guy speaking and on top were trying to amplify your message that “syria is week”.....”Syria admits its crime”. Man you really are the biggest liar ive seen on air, your so dumb.

    September 4, 2013 at 2:19 am | Reply
  124. elias

    m. jaafari is hypocrite, playing humble and pacifist. syria destroyed and robbed lebanon for 30 years and is still keeping his neighbours under permanent threats (killings and booby cars) through hezbollah, in accordance with the iranians. syria divided the palestinians, and (was proud) sent to irak the terrorists of alqaeda. this is the peaceful regime that killed 110.000 of his own people, just to stay in power.

    September 4, 2013 at 2:19 am | Reply
  125. John C

    Amanpour = Biggest b**** ive seen on air. You were so scared....clearly see were her payroll is coming from haha Long live Syria!

    September 4, 2013 at 2:21 am | Reply
  126. Digvijay

    Such an idiot Anchor.... acting like a judge...... talking on behalf of american govt......... @#$@#%#$%^

    September 4, 2013 at 2:32 am | Reply
  127. Alaa

    I am Syrian citizen, and this ambassador dosen't represent me and the Syrian people, this ambassador represent Bashar Al Assad Regime and Iran, who are behind the genocide in Syria, and behind killing more than 100000 Syrians, hundreds of thousands arrested, more than 2 million Refugees.
    This Man is member of this group of criminals which should be now in the international court not in TV show.

    September 4, 2013 at 2:47 am | Reply
  128. RDC

    Let's not make the mistakes as in Libya and Iraq. Syria although some wrong doing in the past was able to create a framework where minorities were respected and active players in the society. I have noticed it by visiting the place and not by simply getting my mind through the media. I do believe that it was the most open minded Country in the Middle east together with jordan.
    I hope that the political solution will prevail we are all fed up about these military actions unable to provide inclusive and sustainable solutions.

    September 4, 2013 at 2:57 am | Reply
  129. Jimmies1

    Wow, this lady sounds like a huge government shill. Is she on the white house payroll?

    September 4, 2013 at 3:58 am | Reply
  130. Ebeninki

    Hey Amanpour, why don't you ask George W. Bush the same question? How does he sleep after being responible for the death of millions of Iraqis and thousands of people in Afghanistan? And why doesn't the senate take a decision to send him to international court of war crimes? I mean come on... If you want to be fair, be fair about everything.

    September 4, 2013 at 4:00 am | Reply
  131. banck

    My dear Christiane, no need to be a pompous ass, we all know your masters. But please, in your next story, could you reflect a bit on your heydays? You may well remember Kosovo and how you lied without blinking an eye, portreying KLA as freedom fighters against Milosevic regime. Did it keep you awake at night that they were gangsters trading human organs, drugs, weapons and women, bloodthirsty kriminals that cleansed Kosovo from everyone who was not in their gangs? Or maybe Iraq and your role in war-mongering? Libiya, my dear? Haste makes waste – you forgot that first you need to portrey Al-Nusra as loving freedom fighters... Even I leraned your approach by now.

    September 4, 2013 at 4:06 am | Reply
  132. Common man

    Man, I love how the media demonizes everyone else without looking in the mirror. No attempt to let the people decide who is right or wrong, they basically just "sell" you a story, I don't know how any competent US citizen can't see through the magic tricks.

    The U.S is starting to debate like children, instead of presenting facts and basis for an opinion or argument they just point fingers and make these moral fiber arguments..."innocent women and children", any idiot knows that they're all innocent in war, I mean is there even such a thing as guilty women and children? does that make you feel better? does it make you feel better when someone chokes to death instead of blown to pieces or shot in the head?

    Nobody gives a damn about these people, it's about interest and money...little battles for the big fish in the sea to splash at each other and take sides without directly assaulting the other. This is about power and machismo, the American people as usual are just along for the ride and paying the bills.

    Nothing is going to change or improve because of an airstrike on Syria, just more "innocent women and children" oh and let's not forget that Al Qaeda is on the other side too, I'm sure they're happy about it...so in turn we'll make some airstrikes ensuring more death will occur and a possible crisis where "innocent women and children are killed" by the United States, but oh no no, that's necessary and "collateral damage"...when the United states attacks its noble, anyone know when attacking another country was not an act of war? anyone know when it became OK to do that and where that "red line" is? we sure made a big deal out of the people who died in our world trade center...but they were Americans so their lives are much more valuable...we can inflict tens of thousands of casualties in another country and still be the "good guys".

    And she's asking how he sleeps at night? lol

    September 4, 2013 at 4:16 am | Reply
  133. tamilan

    Hello mrs amanpour, i agree with Obama Administration, but i want to ask Obama Administration, that in srilanka crisis, srilanka government used chemical weapon during 2007- 2009, why at that time Obama admin kept silence? and stil they didn't do any Action against srilanka Regime. i think when Tamil also have fuel or some economy resources, then us could intervene in srilanka also. i beg obam admin, please whereever innocent People killed , you should take Action, and in srilanka also government killed innocent lives by using chemical weapon, and now minor community live without freedom, so i aske us People please presure srilanka government to give freedom for minor Tamil community

    September 4, 2013 at 4:16 am | Reply
  134. Angel_R

    WMDs was a 'proven' lie that was used by US, UK and other western allies to attack and destroy Iraq. Now it's the chemical weapons lie that is being fabricated by US to justify attack on Syria. The people of the united states of america should wake up and stop their government to attack other countries! The truth about use of chemical weapons is already out that the Saudis have provided it to the Syrian rebels and the rebels have used it. It wa already in the news months ago and a reporter of BBC news had even presented it. Stop the war on Syria. As for Amanpour, she is a zionist agent, paid by the war-mongers to spread their propaganda!

    September 4, 2013 at 4:18 am | Reply
  135. AK

    This is bad journalism when a journalist takes sides.
    While the truth is not yet crystal clear (even though it is) a journalist is not a judge and the professionalism dictates that the journalist should not take side and does not use an accusation tone.
    This is really unfortunate and reminds of mercenary journalists in the totalitarian regimes such as Assad one.

    PS. I am only commenting on the method, knowing that I am 100% against syrian dictator regime from father to son

    September 4, 2013 at 4:19 am | Reply
  136. Abs

    It's striking to see that the American media is again "rallying around the flag" and essentially help the government to sell an unpopular war to its citizens. Maybe she can apply for a job as spokes person of Obama whenever a country has to be bombed again. I would appreciate if from now on her program can be noted as "opinion" because her act yesterday evening was very similar to Hannity, Beck or O'Reilly' shows.

    September 4, 2013 at 4:36 am | Reply
  137. ergaberg

    UN has already said it was the "rebels" using the chemical weapons.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10039672/UN-accuses-Syrian-rebels-of-chemical-weapons-use.html

    This is just so sad.

    September 4, 2013 at 4:43 am | Reply
  138. MF Hussain

    That question should be directed to the American leaders!!

    September 4, 2013 at 4:43 am | Reply
  139. Cody

    Mrs Amanpour,
    This was a terrible interview. "How do you sleep at night." How did you even get a job at any news agency (I won't say reputable because CNN is anything but) with such a childish question being asked between two adults, being diplomats between two countries. Go take a long look at what the definition of "professionalism" is before continuing your job. Incompetent.

    September 4, 2013 at 4:46 am | Reply
  140. sid

    In war sleep is not the issue mis amanpour, easy to sound highhanded from your cushy air conditioned office in peaceful america. you have to be on the ground to understand the realities.

    September 4, 2013 at 5:27 am | Reply
  141. Kiran

    Christine, Its high time your refrained from disregarding the trust bestowed upon CNN by the worldwide viewers.

    Its is shocking, and disgusting to see you becoming a crusader and judge, with scant respect for protocol, and understanding the need of the hour for world peace.

    No doubt that you would want to support Mr. Obama and the American people, but don't make yourself look immature by stressing on things that have not been proven, and are still under investigation.

    Keeping on talking as if you were personally a witness of the war crimes, reflects the lack of a code of conduct that needs to exist among reporters.

    September 4, 2013 at 5:39 am | Reply
  142. letmeeatcake

    how does SHE sleep...this stuff is amanpour's bread and butter...

    September 4, 2013 at 5:41 am | Reply
  143. Alpha

    Amanpour is obviously making a fool of herself ... she does not have any answer for the Ambassador's words ... she is just inciting him with stupid questions like "How do you sleep at night'?

    One of the worst interviewers I have ever seen

    September 4, 2013 at 6:05 am | Reply
  144. Michael

    It's stunning just how often we see exactly the same stonewall response to impending US strikes, whether it be from the Taliban in Afghanistan, Saddam in Iraq, Khadafi in Lybia, and now Assad in Syria. The story always plays out the same that you would think one would pay heed and try an alternative response. Assad's best option is to negotiate a way out of war crime charges by offering to negotiate a transfer of power with safeguards for Alawites and to allow the UN to come in to remove all chemical weapons.

    September 4, 2013 at 6:25 am | Reply
    • James

      Why Michael?

      Should every nation that sits on oil and gas simply bow the knee to US and UK oil companies because they nationalise their natural resources?

      September 4, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
      • Michael

        Hi James,

        Your reply is cynical. Syria is not a member of OPEC and is a small oil producer. I checked by googling it. The major oil companies there before the sanctions of 2011 were Royal Dutch Shell and Total (a French company). Serbia was not an "oil country" either, but when the world community considered what Milosevic was doing was genocide, Europe sat on their hands and allowed the US to take charge. Your argument simply doesn't hold up.

        September 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
  145. cj-53

    Amanpours last question is unfair. A bunch of psychos start killing people and eating their body parts claiming to be led by religion and Amanpour expects the Syrian government to do nothing? Oh, and now the US and French military machine wants to join up with them because the masses need a distraction from the economic woes.

    September 4, 2013 at 6:32 am | Reply
  146. zoglet

    How does a po-faced warmonger like Amanpour sleep knowing she is a cheerleader for needless tragedy?

    September 4, 2013 at 7:04 am | Reply
  147. T

    He is this close to defection. (-:

    September 4, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
  148. Fais

    CNN biggest weapon of mass destruction! And christian Amanpur is the biggest daughter of devil..real enemy of peace and humanity..she is a witch of a centuary...a modern witch..

    September 4, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply
  149. Olim

    Christiane is disgusting here!! She made fool of herself, CNN and journalism. It was not an interview but a shameful interrogation. Does she have any sense to direct those questions to Obama's administration who are openly supporting Al Qaeda in Syria? May be she had a bad nightmare last night !! Very bad way to convince Americans to go to war in Syria. Same thing had happened in 2003 before the start Iraq war.

    September 4, 2013 at 8:15 am | Reply
    • auradesignauradesigns

      this is so not civilised, how can a nation try to attack just any nation and put the people as well as its own soldier in danger. THis policy of american government is really getting busted. Instead of understanding that guy, this was more like showing muscle or bullying openly. we don't want any war in syria.

      September 4, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply
  150. auradesignauradesigns

    I saw her for the first time and she instantly made me hate her. This is pathetic.

    September 4, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
    • Rannu

      agree... pathetic

      September 4, 2013 at 8:39 am | Reply
  151. Rannu

    This is a typical warmongering brainwashing journalism by the Zionist media. She says "Nobody believes you" again and again.. She states it's fact they used the chemical weapons again and again although there is proof otherwise. When Israel is raised she quickly interrupts. Just unbelievable propaganda machine.

    September 4, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
  152. andreas

    Christine A. you really are annoying, how do you know no one believes him. Fact: 1: US , UK, FR is involved in this war from the onset so the can not in anyway give credible evidence.
    2: SYRIA HAS NOT DECLARED WAR ON USA, UK OR FRANCE. 3: REBELS WERE FIRST TO USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS AS TESTIFIED TO IN APRIL, 4: REBELS WERE ARRESTED IN TURKEY WITH SARIN BOTTLES. 5: REBELS TESTED CHEMICALS ON RABBITS. PS: I know you are only trying to satisfy your pay masters but don't worry you will get your pay. Only that your soul have been sold to the devil, and your conscience is dead. but note that the globe is spherical and evil that every individual does will one day cycle back at them.

    September 4, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • Rannu

      well put

      September 4, 2013 at 9:00 am | Reply
  153. miloH

    if barack and joe decide to invade, can they somehow blame it on bush and congress?

    September 4, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
  154. James

    Christiane Amanpour, the same journalist that claimed the Iranian elections were rigged.

    You asked the question 'Why would the rebels kill their own people'?

    Look no further than the 1953 coup in Iran.
    http://www.rferl.org/content/iran-coup-sue-us/25091033.html

    Look no further than operation Northwoods. A plan signed by the Lemnitzer (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods

    Why don't you ask the question that EVERYONE is taking seriously, i.e. why would Assad invite UN inspectors, only to gas his own people in a war he was already winning?

    Goodness, surely an honest journalist would ask these questions?

    But let's not stop there! You expect Syria to get rid of its gas, but you do not expect Israel not to get rid of its nuclear weapons? Do you realise that for countries like Syria, the only reason they have gas in the first place is to dissuade an attack against them? And do you blame them? Ask Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan!

    Goodness Christiane, how do YOU go to sleep at night knowing you're playing YOUR part in the upcoming murder of thousands of innocents?

    September 4, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
    • Kay

      In a war he was already winning?

      Killing >100.000 people for the last two years and with no ending sight is hardly called winning.
      Perhaps Assad has won against his daddy record in killing people (his father 'had only' massacred 40.000 people in Homs), but to call it as a win of the civil war created from massacring peaceful protesters? Hardly.

      September 4, 2013 at 9:51 am | Reply
      • James

        Yes Kay,

        Here's an article from May 2013.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10077046/Is-Bashar-al-Assad-winning-the-civil-war-in-Syria.html

        and more recently:

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/10210387/Syria-conflict-Syrian-army-recapture-key-rebel-district-of-Khaldiyeh-in-Homs.html

        So please explain to me, what military benefit would Assad gain in inviting UN inspectors to Damascus, only to then use chemical weapons against his enemies? Please answer this simple question, or do you (like every other pro-war advocate) simply believe Addad is 'irrational'?

        September 4, 2013 at 11:03 am |
      • i4s

        Just find:

        Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

        http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/25/secret_cia_files_prove_america_helped_saddam_as_he_gassed_iran?page=full

        September 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  155. Kai

    She is too emotional! God!

    September 4, 2013 at 10:37 am | Reply
  156. Name*samy adwan

    THIS GUY BIG BAD LIAR. NEVER EVER SAYING TRUTH THE SYRIAN DICTAOR"ASSAD" THE SON. ATTAK PEOPLE BY CHEMICAL WEAPON TO TERRIFIED THE SYRIAN REVLOUTION AND SURROUND FOR HIM

    September 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  157. kennetique

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  158. kennetique

    where the intelligence of men fail the WORD OF GOD prevails ,here is GOD`s SOLUTION TO THE CRISES OF SYRIA HE WHO HAS EARS LET HIM HEAR.

    September 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  159. Canadian Onlooker

    These newsreaders get annoying, they sit behind a desk and try to look pretty. Try being a real journalist like say for example Jeremy Bowen. He goes into Syria and talks to people to get their views. She sits there looking gloriously happy that a military strike maybe happen to give her something exciting to report. He made the point about Iraq, when the 'Intelligence' lied about weapons of mass destruction and she sits there dumb founded about how he can compare one to the other, well here is why, if they lie once they can lie again. Fact is the UN have not stated that the Assad Regime used the gas as yet, they only said the gas was used, the UN have specifically stated that any strike would be illegal too. I hate these news channels, they encourage and promote wars, meantime claiming to feel sorry for all the innocent people being killed. Shame on all you. CNN, ABC and the other crap channels who don't report real news. Thank god for the Jeremy Bowen's of the world who tell it like it is!

    September 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  160. i4s

    Just find:

    Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/25/secret_cia_files_prove_america_helped_saddam_as_he_gassed_iran?page=full

    September 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  161. Abdul

    I CHALLENGE christiane to ask the same question "how do you sleep at night.........knowing your drones are killing innocent children and women in non-war zones ....." to Mr. Obama. And also ask the same question to Bush, "how do you sleep at night ...... knowing about the daily deaths occuring in Iraq and Afghainistan ........ because of a mad campaign you started?"

    September 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  162. Abdul

    Miss Amanpur, please do a piece on "Could American presidents be charged for breach of international laws" and "Can American presidents be held as War Criminals for Wars against Humanity". Please be a true journalist. Truth above all. Thank you. Waiting eagerly for the piieces.

    September 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  163. Mostafa Abouelnasr

    The options after Assad are the worst,as more than half of the militant opposition are fanatics Alqaeda affiliated groups with their mad terrorist agenda.obama publically announced that the attack will be crippling,limited in time and no boots on the ground .they are not thinking of the day after which could be disastrous by empowering the terrorist to dominate and without soldiers in the ground ,chemical weapons may fall into the hands of lunatic fanatics.political solution of the Syrian conflict to oblige Assad to step down and make a safe transition to civil government ,could be achieved with help of international community particularly Russia.

    September 5, 2013 at 3:58 am | Reply
  164. safia

    what is the difference between killing by weapons and killing by chemical weapons, the result is one.
    Israel used its militia to kill by chemical weapons to let the western nations move and intervenes in Syria and get trid of Bashar

    September 5, 2013 at 7:05 am | Reply
  165. safia

    How could Obama sleep in peace when he will kill more of Syrians people by the last american and european weapons.
    this is the question Miss 7ayzaboon

    September 5, 2013 at 7:14 am | Reply
  166. J

    Christina,
    I never liked your reporting. You are truly one sided and never tell the truth. I have never enjoyed your reporting or believed any of it. FACEBOOK talked about your interview and I had to see it for myself. It is truly a disgusting to watch you.You are the worst Reports i have ever watched.

    I hope CNN drops your ass.

    Ever time I see you on CNN, I change the channel.

    September 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply

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