Bashar al Assad is a huge fan of the Electric Light Orchestra.
The New Lion of Damascus is book about Bashar al Assad by American academic David Lesch.
Lesch is sympathetic to Assad.
Lesch states that Bashar impresses people with his "politeness, his humility and his simplicity"
"He played soccer with neighbourhood children, ping-pong with his father, and his friends’ mothers came home to chat and cook meals with his mother Anisa."
Lesch sees Bashar al-Asad as a “combination of computer nerd, ophthalmologist, devoted family man, westernized pop-culturist, outgoing and caring friend, humble and reluctant leader..."
Patrick Seale’s Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East is also sympathetic towards Bashar.
Her father is a Sunni Muslim.
Asma has immersed herself in social work.
©Alexandra De Borchgrave/Liaison. Bashar (on swing) in 1974 with his father Hafez, brother Majd and sister Bushra.
According to the Financial Times's Roula Khalaf, when Bashar became president "political prisoners were released and discussion forums thrived" in what became known as the Damascus Spring.
"Technocrats were brought into the government, as were European advisors to help reform the administration."
Israel sees Syria as a supporter of the Palestinians and as an opponent of Israel's plans for a Greater Israel.
Bashar's problem is that the USA decided, well before 9 11, that it was going to bring about regime change in several countries, including Syria.
General Wesley Clark said the aim of this plot (to destroy the governments in Syria, Libya etc) was this: "They wanted us to destabilize the Middle East, turn it upside down, make it under our control."
Why the US Wants Regime Change in Syria - Dr Stuart Jeanne ...
Bashar and Sarkozy
In 2010, Bashar dined at France’s Elysée Palace and was courted by John Kerry; Asma mingled with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Al Qaeda in Syria.
The US-Israel-NATO plan is to ensure that all successful, moderate Moslem countries are wrecked, by being handed over to Islamists.