WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who is heading a  brutal crackdown against protesters, said he should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

He was joking of course, says a pro-Damascus Lebanese newspaper.

The paper, Al-Akhbar, quotes Assad as saying the prize, given to a global chemical weapons watchdog, “should have been mine.”

Assad made the remark “jokingly,” said the paper, while commenting on the Nobel honor going to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

United Nations inspectors have been in Syria to investigate whether Assad’s government used chemical weapons against anti-regime forces.

The August 21st attack killed hundreds of people.

It was the latest atrocity since the Syrian civil war that has been raging since March, 2011.

Human rights groups say more than 115,000 people have been killed in the conflict.


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