Syria, Lebanon and Terrorism; Repeating the Story of 1998
Byline: Yossi Olmert, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
When Syrian dictator Hafez Assad finally died in 2000, hopes were high in Damascus, Western capitals and even Jerusalem about a possible change in this country. The heir apparent Bashar Assad was educated in England, and was an Internet user. With such credentials, the naive belief was that he would initiate Western-style reforms and might even make peace with Israel.
All these expectations disappeared rather quickly, none more so than in the souks and bazaars of Damascus. There, a new joke circulated about the Assad regime. Whereas, under Hafez, the dictator blinked and his henchmen understood the message, now the henchmen blinked and …
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Publication information: Article title: Syria, Lebanon and Terrorism; Repeating the Story of 1998. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: February 24, 2005. Page number: A19. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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