Middle East crisis: Inside #Syria’s ruling family
As his country erupted in the kind of unrest not seen in Syria for nearly 30 years, Bashar al-Assad last week gave the impression of a leader plagued by self-doubt, dithering as the tide of history threatened to wash over him.
By Loveday Morris 6:00PM BST 02 Apr 2011 http://www.telegraph.co.uk
Only two months before, the Syrian president had seemed so much more sure-footed, confidently predicting that the wave of revolution
sweeping aside the old order elsewhere in the Middle East would never reach his shores. But his own people, drawing inspiration from their Arab brethren to take on one of the region’s most repressive regimes, confounded him. On the streets, Mr Assad’s forces responded in predictable fashion. In the south, in and around the dusty city of Deraa, protesters were mown down in their scores.