Look where he made the speech, at the gathering of the Baath Party faithful. He is playing to his home crowd. Its an old political stunt tell your supporters that you will never surrender or comprimise etc and then quietly behind the scenes do so - Its what happened in N. Ireland.
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from the article: Syrian President vows to keep supporting Hezbollah, Hamas