Books: A product of the system?

A defense of Bashar Assad paints him as a victim of a corrupt and repressive environment.

By GLENN C, ALTSCHULER
October 11, 2012 15:44
4 minute read.
Syria

Destroyed houses in Homs. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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Amid the turmoil of the Arab Spring, Syrian President Bashar Assad explained to American journalists that his country would remain stable because its leaders were attuned to the beliefs of the people. “When there is divergence,” he added, a vacuum “creates disturbances.”

In January, the Syrian representative to the UN insisted that “Syria will not be Libya; Syria will not be Iraq; Syria will not be Somalia; Syria will not be a failing state.”

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