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    Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma Assad. (File)

    What's the Trick? Bashar Assad Still Enjoys Public Support in Syria

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    Bashar al-Assad, the democratically elected leader of a sovereign country, has been labeled as a "dictator" and "tyrant" by the West; however, the Western media-narrative falls apart at the seams as Bashar al-Assad continues to enjoy overwhelming support in Syria, geopolitical analyst Steven MacMillan notes.

    Paradoxically, while the Western media keeps branding Bashar al-Assad as a violent oppressor of the Syrian nation, the Syrian President continue to enjoy public support; so what's the trick?

    There is no trick, Scottish geopolitical analyst Steven MacMillan notes: the truth of the matter is that Bashar al-Assad, largely stigmatized by the Western press, is a democratically elected leader of a sovereign Syrian nation.

    "'Butcher'; 'thug'; 'dictator'; 'murderer'; 'savage'; 'tyrant'; 'oppressor'; 'despot'. These are just some of the words that many in the Western world associate with the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, after four years of incessant and hypnotic war propaganda… The 2014 election in Syria is an event that the ‘Ministry of Truth' in the West desperately wants to be memory-holed, as it runs in stark contrast to the narrative they are still trying to inculcate in the minds of the public," MacMillan writes in his recent article for New Eastern Outlook.

    In June 2014 Bashar al-Assad won the Syrian Presidential election with 88.7 percent of the vote. It was the country's first multi-candidate election in almost 50 years.

    Just imagine, in a country of 17,064,854 people over 10 million voted for Bashar al-Assad, MacMillan stresses.

    "A group of international observers emphasized that the election was a valid and democratic expression of the views of the Syrian people," he notes.

    Predictably though, Western nations denounced the elections labeling them as "fraud." So far, the West has deeply insulted the people of Syria. John Kerry even went so far as to brand the Syrian election as "farce" months prior to the vote.

    Unfortunately for Western leaders, the Syrian people turned a deaf ear to the blatant propaganda campaign aimed at delegitimizing the Syrian presidential election.

    "The Western narrative — which claims that Assad is an insane dictator who butchers his own people — is illogical, as if this was true, Assad would have been ousted years ago," the Scottish analyst points out.

    MacMillan quotes the interview al-Assad had given to RT in 2012:

    "The problem is not between me and the people; I don't have a problem with the people. The United States is against me, the West is against me, many Arab countries including Turkey — which is not Arab of course — [are] against me, and if the Syrian people are against me, how can I be here?" Bashar al-Assad asked.

    According to the geopolitical analyst, the Syrians understand that if Assad is toppled and government is destroyed, Syria will lose its sovereignty and will be partitioned by its rivals. 

    Instead of pointing the finger of blame at Assad, the Western leaders should have looked at the mirror first.

    "Comparative to the plethora of imperial butchers in the Western world, who still manage to escape prosecution for their crimes, the Syrian President really is an angel," MacMillan emphasizes.


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      "John Kerry even went so far as to brand the Syrian election as "farce" months prior to the vote."

      And after the vote was held, Kerry said, "This means nothing." And faced with his own lies, he accused the Russians of lying to him. Completely shameless, not really worth talking to. Hard to tell whether he would choose peace over money, or whatever it is he wants.
    • Since when neocons listen to people's whishes..Go Bachar Al-Assad.
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      When our authorities interviewed Syrian refugees in Germany, they were surprised that absolutely vast majority of refugees had only good words for Syrian president and, of course very bad opinion about Daesh and US le coalition, which may of Syrians declared responsible for their misery as they destroyed their houses, jobs and infrastructure. Many told that ISIL come to their place only after USA led coalition was bombing their infrastructure. That has been shown on a live TV and after that no more interviews with refugees. People stressed as well that they intend to return back home as soon as possible as there is no place in the world as it was Syria before western world created ISIL.

      It was outright disgusting to watch TV channels pressing Syrians with forceful questions such as> Are you happy now that you escaped to that murderous dictator of Assad. Everu interviewed was watching in disbelief and they told them that they like Assad as he is good. That was shock for reporters and whoever they asked answer was the same. So imagine after that no more live interviews on German TV.

      I just cannoy express how much I hate this US administration who is guilty for all bad in the world and our politicians who are complete asses by blindly following Obama's orders.
    • jaodernein garshinvic
      Assad made some mistakes, but the way he stood against the invasion and the systematic destruction of his country make of him a remarkable statesman (with the sense of humour)
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      Ivan Zadorozhny
      No trick here, just a principled and upstanding leader of his nation.
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      slimyfoxin reply tojaodernein garshinvic(Show commentHide comment)
      jaodernein, If the world would judge and sentence presidents and prime ministers for every mistake they did than I am afraid that all of our western politicians, small and big ones would end up in prison for a life. How on Earth the worst murderers Obama, Netanyahu, Cameron, Hollande, Erdogan and Arab states leaders have face and self respect to judge 100 x better than themselves calling him names and we all know how much blood these people ha ve on their hands. Beside that how dirty and disgusting is our EU double standard politics not just towards Assad but Russia as well. Absolutely revolting and worth to puke on them.
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      This is the last neo con war that they started and will end in defeat for them, lets hope they are brought to trial for their past 20 yrs of war crimes.
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      The epithets tossed at Assad amounts to projection by the Outlaw US Empire, an old tactic of charging your enemies with the crimes you commit.
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      President Assad is a great leader for one more thing: The fair treatment of all faiths, including Orthodox Christianity. I look forward to visit Syria when this country emerges victorious from the war against foreign powers.
    • dr.petestan
      It's often been said, "In war truth is the first casualty." And so the western, Israeli and fanatical Islamic propaganda have turned Assad into a caricature of evil. Though it's mostly a pack of lies that is concocted by using smoke and mirrors to deceive, the foreign powers are freed from having to back up their false allegations to the folks back home. And so the war against Assad continues.
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      armorin reply toslimyfox(Show commentHide comment)
      slimyfox, they are getting more and more contempt everywhere.
    • Mother Gorilla
      88.7%, that is not bad. There should be new elections, with Syrians abroad who can prove their identity, allowed to vote as well. If Assad does not lose those either, then Obama will have to back down.
    • Mother Gorilla
      Where in fact Syria is not Obama's business in the first place!
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      poofipoofipoofiin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, Never. They only want to hear the echo of their own voice.
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      Maybe he's read "The Prince" and solved the age old question of how to be both loved and feared.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply todvdgrg09(Show commentHide comment)
      dvdgrg09, I've seen the man Kerry lie so many times over the years that I have learned not to pay attention to anything he says.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toslimyfox(Show commentHide comment)
      slimyfox, Here in the US I have heard a number of senior American military leaders publicly say, after they had left the service, that the Syrian terrorists fighting against Assad are actually hired mercenaries of the CIA/Mossad.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply todr.petestan(Show commentHide comment)
      petestan, There is a common situation that occurs in public speaking where a speaker who is engaged in a debate and knows that they don't have the facts on their side will start calling their opponents names in order to distract people away from their own weak position. There is method to their madness.
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      lets hope the western (American) stance on this leader has no effect on the final outcome of Syria's elections. I think they need this guy in for at least another term after the sort out of isis to continue the stability of the country...bugger what America thinks.. this is for the Syrian people to decide
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