Why do I hear a lot of negativity towards Bashar al-Assad?

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  • 2 years ago
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    It goes back years... most of the tensions are with Syria in general, but it wasn't always bad. I mean, it goes back a long time, as Syria took the Soviet Union's side during the Cold War, so that right there was bad. However, in mid 1970's, the US supported Syria, and believe it or not, so did Israel, when Syria decided to invade Lebanon. This was when Bashar Al-Asad's father was in power, Hafiz al-Assad and some US president's were able to sometimes get along okay with his father. However, even so, and other than this instance in 1970s, where US and Israel gave express support to Syria to attack Palestinians in Lebanon, Syria has usually leaned towards being a straight up enemy, or somewhere in a confusing middle spot since the early 80's, as during a later conflict in Lebanon, where Israel was directly involved, Syria got resentful of our such strong support for Israel, and then during that conflict, the US Embassy was bombed in Beirut by Hezbollah, who the US has claimed was supported by Syria in that attack. Ever since then, things have "tense" to say the least.

    And then after his father died, and Bashar Al-Assad got into power around 2000, he decided he was going to take a super aggressive stance against the US and Israel, and supported Saddam Hussein and Iraq, even when it was clear that he was being brought down along with his regime. Ever since then, the relations have been especially sour, when they were previously already tense.

    Although he has been accused of human rights violations, that is also up to debate among many, as he has always denied these claims, but US and Israel claims they always have airtight evidence of his regime being directly responsible. In either case, it may be a case of him just being the leader of Syria, and we've just always had tense relations with them. This combined with his more aggressive response to hostilities in the Middle East, and lack of any US presidents being able to get along with him, makes the situation even all that much more soured.

    But I acknowledge that he is a doctor, and so must have took the Hippocratic oath, and to aid those in need of medical attention, etc., and supposedly he should abide by that oath, although who knows. People don't always act ethically. For him, we already bad relations based on our positions, and if he does anything that seems bad, we just pile that on to all his negatives, to justify further discord. I really just think there's fundamental differences of opinion on our respective positions regarding Middle East affairs that are beyond repair. It's kind like Russia, who is also their number one ally lately.

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  • 2 years ago

    Because he is an evil bastard that murders his own people

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    It’s hard being a king these days in the Middle East.

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  • 2 years ago

    Because he is not sunni but shia muslim.

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  • Kyle
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    2 years ago

    he murders his own people and teams up with Putin.

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