From the region, ABC's Diane Sawyer (subscription required) grabbed an Exclusive sit-down with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. The London-trained ophthamologist talked to Sawyer in English about Iraq. He criticized the Bush team for its inaction in trying to find a political solution: "They only talk about troops and power, not about the political process." Sawyer suggested that politics in Iraq are under way: "Americans would say they voted. They now have the beginnings of democracy there." Answered the dictator al-Assad: "What is the benefit of democracy if you are dead? After the war, more than 700,000 Iraqis were killed. So is it democracy for killing? Democracy is a tool to have a better life."
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