Saddam Hussein of Damascus
Saddam, who eliminated anyone who stood in his way, used the platform of Pan-Arabism to perpetuate a tribal and sectarian dictatorship. Syria's Ba'ath Party has done the same.
Early on in the so-called Arab Spring, Syrian President Bashar Assad declared at every opportunity that Syria was neither Tunisia nor Egypt. He was right, of course. Not because he believed the Syrian people loved him and would never revolt, as in the other Arab “republics,” but because he and those around him had already planned their murderous response to any sign of...
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