Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book)

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Assad or We Burn the Country characters é 104 The definitive account of the destruction of Syria from inside the palace of President Bashar al Assad offering a new way of understanding the conflict that has engulfed the Middle East and pitted the United States against RussiaIn the spring of 2011 Syrian President Bashar al Assad turned to his lifelong friend and the commander of the presidential guard Manaf Tlass for advice about how to respond to violent protests Tlass urged Assad to make peace with the people but Assad. Page 90 Bashar Assad There s no other way to govern our society except with the shoe over the people s head This is an outstanding account of Syria the Assad family and its interactions with Middle Eastern countries and world powers starting in the 1960 sI knew little of Syria and the author enlightened me on its history and particularly the nefarious Assad family Bashar s father Hafez took power in Syria in 1971 He was a ruthless dictator with a secret police Mukhabarat He was of the Alawite sect this being distinct from the majority Sunni s in SyriaHafez formed an alliance with Iran and Syria serves as a conduit for weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon Most of the weapons for the Syrian army tanks airplanes were supplied by the Soviet Union and now Russia So this makes for a complicated set of alliances in a very dangerous part of the worldHafez managed to keep open sectarian strife hidden by keeping the population in fear with his army and Mukhabarat The massacre at Hama in 1982 being a prime example of thisThe Arab Spring in 2010 was a challenge to Bashar Assad Up to that stage there were some who thought that Bashar would ease up on the harsh dictatorship that he had inherited from his father Even so than his father he was very good at playing several sides of the coin by looking good to the Western democracies with his attractive secular wife playing a good balancing act between Iran and Saudi Arabia but still using the Mukhabarat to violently suppress any dissensionThis hypocrisy and double game ended with the coming of the Arab Spring when Western countries France and the United States in particular insisted that Bashar step down from power and call for elections With the collapse of Ben Ali in Tunisia Gaddafi in Libya and Mubarak in Egypt many saw the inevitable with AssadBut little did they know him He let out his Islamist prisoners and funneled them to Ira where they were instrumental in forming ISIS It should be emphasized that Assad killed far people than ISIS He brought in Russian military help to destroy his democratic and moderate opposition by ruthlessly bombing urban areas with barrel bombs and chemical weaponsPage 427 By February 2016 the death toll since March 2011 approached half a million the majority of them civilians killed by the Syrian regime not the Islamic State the Nousra Front or any other group The number of those seeking refuge abroad approached five million By mid 2016 almost one million people were under siege mainly by Bashar s and Iran s militias after being bombed by Bashar and the RussiansPage 325 The city of Aleppo would settle into four years of grinding almost primordial warfareHe let the West take out ISIS while pretending that he was preventing radical Islam from taking over Syria Putin was only too happy to put himself in the role of strong man saving the world from ISIS and regaining after the demise of the Soviet Union power status for Russia in the Middle EastThe Assad family is now one of the world s long lasting dictatorships But Bashar has fragmented his country by doing ethnic cleansing The Alawites are now the predominant group He has also created a world wide diaspora of Syrians who detest him and would be happy to see him go the way of Gaddafi Assad s alliances with Putin and Iran do not bode well for any future reconciliation with the West One of the few countries that has come out of this with any sort of moral standard is Germany who accepted refugees and did not make any false promises like the United States and France or worse still Russia by dropping bombs in urban civilian areas China and Russia repeatedly blocked any UN Security Council resolutions of aid to SyriaThis is very well written book giving much insight on the sorry plight of SyriaPage 149 cable from the US embassy in Syria in 2009 Whatever principles Bashar evokes in his rhetoric his ultimate goal is to preserve his regime which for him reuires all existing options without forgoing new options The only consistency in Syria s foreign policy is the desire to play all sides off each other

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Assad or We Burn the Country characters é 104 Chose to launch a bloody crackdown on the protesters the opening volley in a six year war that has killed than half a million people and fueled a global refugee crisis In this expertly reported examination of the man at the center of the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century noted journalist Sam Dagher offers a new way to understand how a regional conflict has found itself at the center of the US Russia standoff and led to increased xenophobia hate crimes and terror. Not an up to date analytical study of the history of the civil war which is what I was looking for but an insider s view of the Regime based on well placed sources Dagher makes a strong case for then horrible character of this Regime and especially that of Bashar al Assad Asma and his henchmen He also explains somewhat how Putin Erdogan KSA and other players fit into the picture Informative And a uick read despite its relative length

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Assad or We Burn the Country characters é 104 Attacks around the worldThough this conflict is global in scale at its crux is the relationship between Assad and Tlass born into friendship through their fathers schoolmates and close confidants Assad Or We Burn the Country charts the course of the Syrian war through the untold story of these two men once as close as brothers now set in opposition by conflicting visions for their country and will examine the conseuences of their choices for their families Syria and the worl. I ll be writing later about this book in detail For now suffice it to say that this is the most richly detailed panoramic and insightful account of the rise of the Assads and the course of the revolution Encyclopaedic yet immensely readable The sheer range of Dagher s sources is impressive It includes regime brass Assad s coterie dissidents civil society figures revolutionaries intelligentsia A far richer and dimensional account than you ll find in the thin polemics of western hacks like Patrick Cockburn or Charles Glass


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  1. says: Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher

    Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) Page 90 Bashar Assad “There’s no other way to govern our society except with the shoe over the people’s head”This is an outstanding account of Syria the Assad family and its interactions with Middle East

  2. says: review Assad or We Burn the Country review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters

    Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters In the last few years a number of important books dealing with the Syrian tragedy have appeared They all reflect the grues

  3. says: review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book)

    review Assad or We Burn the Country review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters Finally a real account of what is going on in Syria And from a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist who specializes in the Middle East A never before heard boots on the ground look at the Syrian Civil War that is killing the countryIn

  4. says: Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher review Assad or We Burn the Country

    Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters Not an up to date analytical study of the history of the civil war which is what I was looking for but an “insider’s view” of the Regime based on well placed sources Dagher makes a strong case for then horrible character of this Regime and especially that of Bashar al Assad Asma and his henchmen He also explains somewhat how Putin Erdogan KSA and other players fit into the picture Informative And a uick read des

  5. says: review Assad or We Burn the Country Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book)

    Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) Brutal history of the Assad regime in Syria Insider accounts depicting the tragic implosion that destroyed a country and became an incubator that spawned the evil organization known as ISIS The authors political bias is clearly evident and some

  6. says: Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters

    review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) The country that brought us the 21st century’s worst humanitarian disaster — and the family responsible for it — come under the microscope in Sam Dagher’s masterpiece of journalistic reporting Assad or We Burn the Country Dagher a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist with than 15 years’ experience reporting on Middle East affairs for such publications as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal chronicles in detail

  7. says: Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book)

    review Assad or We Burn the Country Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters I’ll be writing later about this book in detail For now suffice it to say that this is the most richly detailed panoramic and insightful account of the rise of the Assads and the course of the revolution Encyclopaedic yet immensely readable The sheer range of Dagher's sources is impressive It includes regime brass Assad's coteri

  8. says: review Assad or We Burn the Country review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters

    Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) In elementary school around 5th grade I had to write a report on a country This would have been around the early 1980's I don't remember much from that report but I'm sure what I just read about the history of the Assad family was not in that report on SyriaThis book is disturbing eye opening frustrating and sickening all in one shot Most importantly it should be an awakening to those who need to speak up and

  9. says: Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book)

    Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Sam Dagher Not going to lie I picked up this book based on the title alone as this was the best title I've seen in a while and was not disappointedThis is a very concise and interesting history of the Assad regime in Syria as well as a detailed recounting of the mostly concluded Syrian civil war Dagher had access to various players in the events described in the book including very high ranking Syrian officials which makes this a very comp

  10. says: Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book)

    Assad or We Burn the Country (E–book) Sam Dagher Ó 4 characters I cannot speak highly enough of this book and how accurate it depicts the history of the Assad regime starting from the decade of the 1960s leading into the Hafez Assad the father capturing power and eliminating all forms of political life in Syria down to the bloody cleansing campaign carried out by the regime against Assad's political rivals starting with the unions secular parties with the Pinnacle being the Hama massacre in

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  • Assad or We Burn the Country
  • Sam Dagher
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  • 19 October 2018
  • 9781549143601