A “flawed” regime? That’s how Globe and Mail contributor Michael Bell referred to the rein of Hafez al-Assad, former Syrian President and despot, mass murderer and father of Bashar “the butcher” Assad (also a serial killer who in recent years has killed over 200,000 Syrians).
Bell, who teaches at Carleton University and advised Justin Trudeau on foreign policy before the last federal election, also served as Canada’s ambassador to Jordan, Egypt and Israel.
Importantly, Hafez’s efforts shouldn’t be whitewashed as being merely “flawed” in Bell’s May 18 op-ed. In fact, in 1982, his efforts to crush a Sunni rebellion in Hama led to the slaughtering of 20,000 of his own people.
Regarded as one of the bloodiest massacres ever committed by an Arab ruler on his own people in modern times, Hafez was a monster and his son is following in his footsteps.