BASHAR AL ASSAD
Bashar al Assad is a huge fan of the Electric Light Orchestra.
The New Lion of Damascus is book about Bashar al Assad by American academic David Lesch.
Lesch is sympathetic to Assad.
Lesch states that Bashar impresses people with his "politeness, his humility and his simplicity"
"He played soccer with neighbourhood children, ping-pong with his father, and his friends’ mothers came home to chat and cook meals with his mother Anisa."
Lesch sees Bashar al-Asad as a “combination of computer nerd, ophthalmologist, devoted family man, westernized pop-culturist, outgoing and caring friend, humble and reluctant leader..."
Patrick Seale’s Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East is also sympathetic towards Bashar.
Asma, Bashar's wife, grew up in London, and worked as a banker at JP Morgan.
Her father is a Sunni Muslim.
Asma has immersed herself in social work.
Hafed al Assad (right) the father of Bashar.
But what about Bashar's father?
From 1976 to 1982, Islamists carried out a terrorist campaign against the secular 'reformist' government of Syria.
The Muslim Brotherhood's violence included bomb attacks and the targeting of government officials.
In 1982, in Hama, Islamists attacked people "while sleeping in their homes and killed whomever they could kill of women andchildren, mutilating the bodies of the martyrs in the streets, driven, like mad dogs, by their black hatred."
The security forces then "rose to confront these crimes."
It should be noted that the Muslim Brotherhood has been described as being a tool of the CIA and MI6.
©Alexandra De Borchgrave/Liaison. Bashar (on swing) in 1974 with his father Hafez, brother Majd and sister Bushra.
And what of Bashar?
According to the Financial Times's Roula Khalaf, Bashar "built relationships with businessmen eager for change to the socialist economy, and with political activists hungry for a whiff of freedom of expression.
"Bashar al-Assad became a vociferous critic of bureaucratic corruption and those he recommended were placed in key positions in government."
According to the Financial Times's Roula Khalaf, when Bashar became president "political prisoners were released and discussion forums thrived" in what became known as the Damascus Spring.
"Technocrats were brought into the government, as were European advisors to help reform the administration."
Israel sees Syria as a supporter of the Palestinians and as an opponent of Israel's plans for a Greater Israel.
Bashar's problem is that the USA decided, well before 9 11, that it was going to bring about regime change in several countries, including Syria.
General Wesley Clark said the aim of this plot (to destroy the governments in Syria, Libya etc) was this: "They wanted us to destabilize the Middle East, turn it upside down, make it under our control."
Why the US Wants Regime Change in Syria - Dr Stuart Jeanne ...
The CIA and its friends presumably have a number of assets in Syria, including people within the security forces.
The CIA and its friends began their attack in 2010.
On March 15 2010, the tribes in Dera’a, the southern province, sparked the Syrian revolution with mass protests.
Bashar and Sarkozy
In 2010, Bashar dined at France’s Elysée Palace and was courted by John Kerry; Asma mingled with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Al Qaeda in Syria.
The US-Israel-NATO plan is to ensure that all successful, moderate Moslem countries are wrecked, by being handed over to Islamists.