Given the horrific November 13 attack in Paris, Assad speaks with what may seem brutal frankness about France, but he speaks in the manner of a physician giving a diagnosis. A habit from his days as a practicing physician that he's yet to shake.
I also note he doesn't waste time contesting the figure of 250,000 Syrians killed in the war that the interviewer cites, but recently a reader at the Washington Post rubbished the highly misleading death toll figures that have been cited as if it's established fact:
You push the same ill-informed figure of 300,000 deaths implying that all deaths in the conflict are somehow attributable to Assad. This is absurd and proves you are more susceptible to propaganda than to facts.
Approx. 100,000 deaths are of Syrian Arab Army regulars and Syrian gov't militias. Another approx. 125,000 are "moderate" terrorist rebels. Leaving approx. 25,000-75,000 dead civilians. Why anyone would blame the majority of those deaths on Assad rather than ISIS and Al Qaeda headchoppers requires some fancy rhetoric.A great deal of fancy rhetoric has been deployed against Assad, but he recognizes that now is not the time to mud wrestle with propagandists. Now is the time to convey the central point to anyone willing to listen, which quite simply is that it's not possible to live a contradiction, and that trying is self-destructive and extremely dangerous to others.
From the transcript at SANA:
Czech TV interview, Part 1