UK Telegraph | Assad’s Wife: I’m the Real Dictator

Despite the ambitions she expressed for liberalising Syria before the   uprising, Mrs Assad, 36, displays no misgivings about the regime’s bloody   crackdown, which has accounted for most of the estimated 8,000 lives lost.

Her correspondence with Bashar al-Assad, his aides, friends and family portray   her as highly supportive of her husband.

In an email to a family friend on Jan 10, she praised a speech the president   gave for conveying a sense of being “very strong, no more messing around”.


“As for listening – I am the REAL dictator, he has no choice …” she wrote   on Dec 14. Her use of the word in reference to her husband suggests she   understands how others regard him.

It will not be helpful to Mr Assad, who has made a show of passing reforms   since protests against his rule broke out.

Mrs Assad comes across as comfortable with the middle class English world in   which she grew up as the daughter of a cardiologist in Acton.



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