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Tuesday, December 20, 2005 

Bashar and Saddam

Interesting portrait of Syria's President by a Canadian Journalist...

Bashar and Saddam
Kamil-Alexandre, Canada

During a CNN interview, Christian Amanpour asked President Assad of Syria if he is a Dictator. He replied: "But they also say that I am not in control, I can not be a Dictator and not be in control at the same time?"

Some foreign journalists and politicians describe the Syrian leader with words suited to a generic dictator like Saddam Hussein. Nothing could be further from the truth. One thing in common between the two is that the current US administration removed the first one, and seems to be starting a process that might lead to the removal of the second one, by chance or by design. Another similarity is that they were both "elected" through soviet era styled elections, and they won with 95%+ margins. But that's where the similarities end.

Don't classify him as a dictator. Syrian president Bashar Assad chats with ordinary syrians before having dinner with his wife Asma and eldest son Hafez at an Aleppo restaurant. He drives his own car, wears simple T-shirts and Jeans, pays his own bill, and it all starts when he calls the the restaurant to ask them if they have a free table for him to reserve.

Bashar Assad spent his teens and his twenties at his desk studying for his medical school, first in Damascus and later in London. He never drove exotic sports cars, never abused his power as the son of the late president Hafez Assad. Many Damascenes would tell you their stories of when they looked behind them and found Bashar waiting in the same lineup to buy a shawarma sandwich. Unlike the sons of other Arab rulers, he was never a womanizer, never a drinker or a smoker or a gambler.

Basha's personal popularity in Syria is probably (there are no proper opinion polls) the highest of any Arab ruler in his country. If there is anything that Syrians criticize him for, it is his hesitation and excessive caution. They want him to move faster on internal political reforms and fighting corruption. With the exception of many Kurds and Muslim fundamentalists, you have a very supportive population. A popular and extra-clean president, with a regime he is trying, slowly, to change. Consider him the president from a moderate opposition party.

I was in Syria about this time in 2003 and what impressed me the popularity of president Asad between the people i met encluding the shop keepers and the taxi drivers who usualy represent the openion of themajeroty of the people and i agree he means well but he fears making mistakes which could affect the country negativly,he needs to know that the people love him and will follow him because of his good upbringing and because of his noble intentions but he has to pray and move fast and reform Syria economicly ,politicaly and legaly ,moving fast will make it difficult for the enemies of Syria to to attack it,God bless Syria.

Thiskind of propaganda is typical of totalitarian regimes,bashar's assadian mafia is much worse than his father one.dont be the good sheeps for these butchers.u should promote the truth and avoid the follow ruler attitude and lacking of personality,42 years of lies and treachery is not enough?

well, it certainly made me see Bashar differently...!

so what is doing the mukhbarat guard who was serving his father above the public?
bashar is not capable to walk five meters in syrian street alone even inside alawite districts.so what about allepo in a city that anybody have lost one or 2 of their relatives?

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