You Only Hate Assad Because Your TV Told You To
Caitlin Johnstone

No, many hate Bashar al Assad and his father because they lost loved ones, husbands, wives, daughters and sons, in the torture dungeons of the Syrian regime, in the countless barrelbomb attacks that destroyed entire neighbourhoods and villages. Because of 44 years of dictatorship. Because the Assad regime kills genius young Syrians like the brilliant soul of Palestine and Syria, open source developer, blogger, entrepreneur, hackerspace founder, and free culture advocate, Bassel Khartabil. His body is gone but his spirit represents the strength, resilience and awesomeness of so many entrepreneurial, young men and women, who are still alive today. One day they will be able to apply their energy and skills in rebuilding their nation. They will not be able to do that as long as #Assad and his loyalists of the authoritarian regime remain in power. Assad, the one who kills people like #Bassel and at the same time released #jihadis from his torture dungeons because they are the “better enemies” to sell. Yes indeed, Da’esh and Nusra sell better as Assad’s primary enemies than these young peaceful brilliant freedom and democracy activists who want change. So by releasing jihadis from jail in 2012 and keeping the core of them alive, Assad can feign to be a secular victim of Islamic terrorism and a target of a global neocon conspiracy. This is part of Assad’s sinister game to corrupt and destroy Syria for his own self-satisfaction and narcissism, unfortunately with the active assistance of Russia, Iran, China, US, countless spineless UN envoys, leftist tankies and in fact the entire international community who do not really care one iota about the Syrian people, their future, safety nor their freedom. None of them seriously made any effort to save #Bassel whilst all of them knew exactly what was happening. #NeverAgainisNow #TheyCantStopUs #FreeBassel #Syria #Future #Justice #Rebuild #Freedom .

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