What are you talking about? The Assad family has been in power for 45+ years. There is literally decades of reporting on this.
The investigator in Syria had made the drive perhaps a hundred times, always in the same battered truck, never with any…www.newyorker.com
It is said that old habits die hard. In the realm of foreign policy, old assumptions do as well. But Bashar al-Assad's…www.nationalreview.com
In the shadow of the Islamic State, which has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq - and has made beheading a thing…www.pri.org
For four decades, the Assad family has ruled Syria, and while the popularity of the family among some sections in the…www.aljazeera.com
And this is merely a selection from the first page of Google hits on “assad family crimes.”
And as a secondary point, no, Iraq didn’t “just” happen. It was almost 15 years and two entire administrations ago. Were Jimmy Carter’s policies the same as Nixon’s? Bill Clinton’s and Ronald Reagan’s? George HW Bush’s and Jimmy Carter’s? Absolutely not. As a “journalist,” a little more research would be appropriate.