October 5, 2012 3:02 AM

Commentary: Bashar Assad's face belies his cruelty and cowardice

Hafez Assad, the previous president of Syria, was a tyrant whose clan favoritism fractured the country and deeply disaffected many of its people. His son and successor, Bashar, is infinitely worse — the author of crimes against humanity whose savagery and scale almost defy belief.

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