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By Eyal Zisser

This is the 1st significant paintings on Bashar al-Asad. It assesses the sturdiness of his father, Hafiz's legacy together with the continual impact of the previous power-brokers, the effectiveness of Bashar's makes an attempt to maneuver clear of his father's shadow, and the customers for reform. especially, it evaluates Bashar's carrying on with carry on energy following Syria's humiliating retreat from Lebanon in Spring 2005 and the competitive American force to impose democracy within the center East.

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This is not a person who was spoiled in his childhood…. I never saw him smoke, although he would take a sip of wine. He told me that he likes to listen to jazz and to Phil Collins [the Genesis soloist]. More than once he said that his life’s ambition was to be an ophthalmologist. 19 A relevant, if perhaps biased, evaluation by Bashar’s relative and friend Rami Makhluf, who was in London at the same time, bears out the observations above: Bashar showed himself to be a modest person, exactly like his father.

11 Bashar took his oath of loyalty before the People’s Assembly on July 17, 2000. e. a sustained commitment to his father’s legacy while introducing imperative changes in the Syrian way of life. ” With this, Bashar warned against demands for fundamental changes in the Syrian reality: Democracy is obligatory, but we must not enact the democracy of others. The Western democracies stemmed from a long history which produced leaders and traditions that created the present culture of democratic societies.

He had no bodyguards. The patients knew him only as a young man named Bashar. I remember that for a time he didn’t even have a car. One day he received a gift of a BMW, Model 318. He was very excited the day he received it. He talked about the car with great emotion. A BMW of the model he had is an expensive and fine car, but it isn’t a flashy model that someone who has everything would get excited about. When I observed Bashar’s emotion the day he got the car I thought to myself: Here is someone who isn’t used to receiving the good things as a matter of course.

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