31.03.2011 25.Adar ll, 5771
We’re reforming all the time, smiled Syria’s tyrant. So anyone demanding more must be an enemy. And we all know how our enemies are treated.
It’s easy to scoff about the speech Bashar Assad delivered to the Syrian parliament on Wednesday.
The interminable, seemingly rambling oratory. The absence of specific commitments to reform. The risible conspiracy theorizing. The “spontaneous” interruptions from adoring legislators: “God, Syria and Bashar only,” they chanted. “Our souls, our blood, we sacrifice for you.” And my particular favorite, “The Arab world is too small for you; you should govern the whole world, Mr President.”…