Syrian President Bashar Assad 370.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Syrian President Bashar Assad, two and a half years into a blood-soaked
rebellion against his rule, mourned Nelson Mandela's death on Friday,
calling his life an inspiration for freedom fighters and a lesson to
Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, died at his
Johannesburg home late on Thursday, prompting an outpouring of mourning
and homage from world leaders across the political spectrum.
Syrian presidency added its voice to the chorus with a statement on its
Facebook page on Friday, calling the South African statesman "an
inspiration in the values of love and human brotherhood."
history of struggle has become an inspiration to all the vulnerable
peoples of the world, in the expectation that oppressors and aggressors
will learn the lesson that in the end it is they who are the losers,"
the statement said.
Syria's conflict began in March, 2011, as a
peaceful protest movement calling for democratic reforms but, after a
government crackdown, degenerated into all-out civil war.
powers have remained deadlocked over how to resolve the war, which has
killed over 100,000 people and torn much of the country into militia-run
fiefdoms, including some ruled by Al Qaida-linked factions of radical