Assad Unmasked

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Hisham Melhem does a very good job exposing Bashar al-Assad for what he is: a not-terribly competent torturer and tyrant:

The gifted Syrian poet Muhammad al-Maghout summarized it best when describing the Syrian republic of fear thus: "I enter the bathroom with my identification papers in my hand." For all of the previous reasons, we must see Bashar as he truly is: The product of a cruel system, steeped in parochial loyalties, nurtured by graft and corruption, and justified by deceptions, lies and revisionism, all the while hiding behind a fa├žade of militant Arab nationalism claiming "Resistance" against Israeli-American hegemony.

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