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A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad

Discussion in 'Personal' started by smoothnewt, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    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.
  2. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    It was very interesting.
    smoothnewt likes this.
  3. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    His father certainly has a lot to answer for.
  4. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Yes I saw it. Odd fella! Still we backed the wrong horse in the civil war.
  5. xmal

    xmal Established commenter

    Backing either side would have been a mistake. All we've done is prolong the slaughter.
    lanokia likes this.
  6. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    We should never have supported Jihadis. The west made fatal errors in encouraging the Arab spring with no way of backing them up
    xmal and monicabilongame like this.
  7. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Used to be a big friend of ours.

    And his old man.

  8. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    The film showed Assad to be a people pleaser who struggled to square this aspect of his character with showing himself to be a strong leader in the same mould as his father (who made male rookie soldiers stab puppies to death and female rookie soldiers bit the heads off live snakes - whilst he sat and watched (we were shown the documentary evidence)).

    I am fascinated to learn how his British-Syrian wife, in the early days a sort of Princess Diana figure, came to countenance the barbarism implemented by her husband on their own people. No doubt this will feature in the coming episodes.

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