Did anyone watch this last night? The first of a three-part documentary on BBC2, looking into the background of President Assad and how the mild mannered eye surgeon turned into a ruthless dictator. The first episode covered his childhood and early formative years and culminated at the point where, as president, he released Islamic extremist prisoners and sent them armed and equipped over the border into Iraq to fight the Americans. It was a fascinating insight into his motivations. I recommend watching it on iplayer and tuning into the next two instalments.