The Lion in Winter: Bashar Assad’s Self-Destruction

Posted: February 14, 2006 in International, Politics

by Gary C. Gambill

 

You wouldn’t know it from recent headlines, but Syrian President Bashar Assad was once the darling of Europe. Just a few years ago, the young ophthalmologist-turned-autocrat and his beautiful English-born wife received red carpet receptions in Paris, London, and Berlin and a lavish welcome by the king of Spain. Washington never quite fell in love with Assad, but its courtship was steamy – the White House openly discouraged internal opposition to his ascension, turned a blind eye to his illicit oil imports from Saddam Hussein,

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