Thursday, June 05, 2014


I do wonder what it would have been like today in Assad's house. Was he waiting anxiously by his phone with Asma holding his hand and the children being told to keep quiet by their nanny? Did his personal aide walk in with a letter on a gold tray to inform his "Excellency" that he has won the election? Did his opponents in the race call to congratulate him, as gentlemen?

What did Assad do when he heard? Did he pump his fists into the air in triumph? Maybe he was happy to be over and done with all that campaigning and being on the road to win the Syrian people's vote? Maybe he sat back in his chair, closed his eyes and smiled. Maybe he thanked his wife, his staff and everybody else who made this dream a reality then told everybody to get to work like a Syrian version of the West Wing. Or then again, maybe not. In fact, he doesn't give a damn.

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