After a long show of undeserved applause, Bashar al-Assad, during his last televised speech, made more an open accusation against foreign elements (Israel) for provoking the Syrian uprisings than any concrete allusion to the reforms the Syrians want. He referred two or three times to the Syrian people as 'the children'.

Rhyme © Mirino. Image- 'Chronos devouring his child' by Goya 1820-1823 (modified by Mirino with apologies to Goya). April, 2011

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