Assad said in the interview that the conflict in Syria is not a civil war, but is terrorism through proxies, by Syrian and foreign fighters. He said that he is not worried about himself, he is worried about his country, and the people of his country.
He told the interviewer that the West creates scapegoats as enemies "from communism, to Islam, to Saddam Hussein." He also accused countries in the West of aiming to turn him into their next enemy.
The president claims that his country has been infiltrated by numerous terrorist proxy groups, fighting on behalf of other powers, and not what the mainstream media has been reporting - that the crisis is a battle between Assad and Syrian opposition groups.
Assad also accused the Turkish Prime Minister of "eying Syria with imperial ambitions", although he does not see a war with Turkey on the horizon. He says that in the event of a foreign invasion of Syria, the fallout "would be too dire for the world to bear."
The full transcript of the interview can be read here