The recently released book, Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War by Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami mentions some of the adulation given to Havez al-Assad in Syria, the late leader of Syria 1970-2000. Here is one example.
Calligraphed messages on motorway flyovers described him as 'al-Ameen, al-Sadeeq' ('the truthful, the trustworthy') - titles previously reserved for the Prophet Muhammad. (Chapter 8.)Just how "secular" was the Assad regime anyway giving religious titles like that to its leader?
Tragically the Syrian people continue to suffer from the catastrophe imposed upon them by the Assad regime's campaign of violence and repression. A recent UN report noted that the Assad regime's treatment of prisoners may amount to extermination.
In recent days many Syrians have fled for their lives from Aleppo in the wake of severe bombardment and advances by the Assad regime. This will further contribute to the ongoing refugee crisis.
The Syrian people deserve to live in peace and safety. It is just so terrible.