Arguably, one of the commonest phrases of dictatorial confirmation is, “My people love me,” and dictators are ‘justifiably’ right in endlessly recanting it. It is almost impossible to wield near limitless powers without attracting vibrant loyalty and affection from those around and within. After all, power is empty or unproven if it can be confronted, contradict or ignored without costly repercussions. So like Saddam, Mubarak and Gaddafi before him, Syria’s Assad will only surprise a few with his self-righteous declarations on behalf of a ‘loving’ nation against rebels and miscreants serving the purposes of the West.
Sadly, the Syrian people, now caught between two factions with infallible belief in the decisive resolution of the power of force will have to endure a ‘transition of conflict’ from which their country is destined to emerge with altered outlook
Assad, not unlike preceding strong arm rulers, is incapable separating his reality and… Continue reading →