We have often joked about Assad’s uncanny resemblance to Hitler, but we never really imagined how easy it would be to actually get him to act like Hitler, until now.
Years ago, I used to have a monopoly on calling Bashar Al-Assad all different sorts of names, in public, in Syria, as my audience shuddered with fear. Now, it’s a common practice in Syria to call Assad names, I can hardly keep up. But a Fascist Pig seems to be very apt indeed, considering the rhetoric of Assad supporters and the practices of his security officers. We have often joked about Assad’s uncanny resemblance to Hitler, but we never really imagined how easy it would be to actually get him to act like Hitler, until now. But the thing that I cannot forget is that a few short months ago, there were world leaders staking their reputations, and our future, on him being a reformer. The Assads are not the only ones who are cut off from the realities developing on the ground: the entire world seems to be in the same boat. Our revolutions are wakeup calls to the entire world, but they come as a rude awakening of sorts, and some do not take kindly to that. Hence, the denial, the anger, the bloodshed, but so be it. All the sleepers have awakened, and we all have to deal with that.