Assad is not Syria. Part 3: 2000 to 2010 a wasted decade of chances to avoid disaster.

[Originally posted 18th May 2017] The Spare Heir. Hafez Assad won an astonishing 99.9% of the votes in the December 1991 presidential referendum. The breakup of the Soviet Union meant Hafez was forced to make diplomatic ties with Western countries, and to lessen the excesses of his repressive regime. Unexpectedly in 1994 his eldest son Read More …