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Rand Paul Defends Assad Gov’t: Islamic Rebels Would ‘Persecute’ Christians

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul told David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday morning that the best result from the Syrian civil war would be Bashar al-Assad’s government without Assad, arguing that it would placate China and Russia while safeguarding the interests of Syrian Christians, as opposed to a potentially radical Islamic government that might persecute them.

“The Russians have every reason to keep their influence in Syria, and I think the only way they do is if there’s a change in government where Assad is gone, but some of the same people remain stable,” Paul said.

“That would also be good for Christians,” he added. “I think the Islamic rebels winning is a bad idea for the Christians. All of a sudden we’ll have another Islamic state where Christians are persecuted.”

“Really, the best outcome for all the major powers would be a peaceful transition in government, and Russia could influence that.”

Watch the clip below, via NBC News:

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