He trained to be an doctor. He has had both a medical and military education. He has tried to walk a tight line between easing his father's associates out and moving into power more moderate and enlightened men. He has tried to easy repression in Syria. He took action against the man most responsible for encouraging the Hariri assassination. Assad's 'peace offensive' was clearly well thought out and assiduously pursued, starting with negotiations with private Israeli citizens with sound credentials over a tentative peace agreement resulting in a demilitarized Golan, and with advantageous - to Israel - demilitarized zones. It is clear that those who argue there can never be peace with Syria have not been paying attention. But then I think I can safely say they would have said there could never be peace with Egypt or Jordan. Thank God the former Irgun member Begin realized that peace was not impossible.
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