Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja’afari quoted President Obama’s “Yes We Can” campaign slogan Tuesday on CNN while defending his government against charges of using chemical weapons and portraying the outside world as aggressors against what he described as a “peaceful” nation.
“Yes, wrong doings happened in the past,” he said. “Yes, injustices took place in Syria in the past. We need to correct these and we believe in what Obama said as his logo in elections, a change, yes we can, and yes we need. In Syria itself as well as outside of Syria, the whole area needs peace.”
Ja’afari called allegations of chemical weapons use “false and unfounded.” In one exchange with Christiane Amanpour, who repeatedly challenged each of Ja’afari’s claims during the contentious interview, he called the media a weapon of mass destruction itself: