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June 28, 2011

Son of Syria's former President speaks for the first time

June 28, 2011

June 28, 2011

This is an article by Ali Atassi, the son of Syria's former President Nureddine Atassi who spent the rest of his life in incarceration without trial or charge. I wonder what is it like for Atassi to live his whole life seeing the fake celebrations of the coup against his father. It must have been difficult; but at the end of the day, as he himself acknowledges, his father's suffering are but one of many sometimes more brutal attrocities of Assad's regime.

"IN 2009, National Geographic published an article on Syria by a special correspondent, Don Belt, who had interviewed President Bashar al-Assad. In 2000, shortly after the funeral of his father, President Hafez al-Assad, the son entered his father’s office for only the second time in his life. His first visit had been at age 7, “running excitedly to tell his father about his first French lesson.” The president “remembers seeing a big bottle of cologne on a cabinet next to his father’s desk,” Mr. Belt wrote. “He was amazed to find it still there 27 years later, practically untouched.”
The bottle can be seen as an allegory for Syria itself — the Syria that has been out of sight for the 40 years of the Assads’ rule, a country and its aspirations placed on a shelf and forgotten for decades in the name of stability."

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