|Asma al-Assad met the Queen in happier days. She is back in London |
out of harm's way while hubby crushes Syria's democracy movement.
It seems that Asma al-Assad has escaped to London where she was brought up, leaving her husband to wipe out the Syrian regime's opposition without the fig leaf she once provided. Even as recently as April 4th, she was the subject of an adoring portrait in the Daily Mail: Could Asma Al-Assad, a doctor's daughter from Acton, stop the bloodshed? . Apparently 'Fleet Street' hadn't yet learned the lesson of Vogue's shameless puff piece (no longer available online):
"Most intriguingly, this product of Eighties
Acton could now hold the key to ’s future. As her president husband’s closest confidante, it is Asma al-Assad who is most likely to lead him towards reform and help stave off the type of revolution that has erupted in Syria Egypt, Tunisia and ." Libya
Apparently, she alone of all the ME dictator's wives, "seems to have escaped censure, despite having impressed the Western fashion world with her willowy and unglitzy style."
, portraits of Asma’s dour-looking husband dominate shops and schools, but it is his wife Asma who is acknowledged as the fresher and more beautiful face of the country. Her possible role as an agent for social change has suddenly come under the international spotlight. No one knows if Asma al-Assad from Syria Acton can help her husband propel forward. But she is certainly his best bet." Syria
Should the wife suffer for her husband's villainy? Absolutely in this case. Asma, as all of her PR wants you to know, is a sophisticated, well-educated woman who knowingly fabricated an idealized version of reform in
. Whoever fed the Daily Mail this Cinderella story did a fine job convincing them of some rather preposterous ideas. We haven't heard from her since her return, but will Asma will be used as a propaganda tool to further humanize the regime? Read the rest of the fairy tale here. Syria