By Nahed al Husaini, VT Damascus
They say a photograph is worth lots of words? Thousands? The Assad family was out to dinner in Damascus – nothing unusual there. They drove themselves with no security, not that unusual either.
The hat? That’s due to chemotherapy for breast cancer, not an attempt to upstage Trump’s Slovenian princess. You don’t want to compare the Assads and Trumps.
Assad, an MD with a specialty in Ophthalmology, gave up his London practice in 1994 with the death of his brother and entered the Syria Army Officer Training Academy. He had already served 4 years in the army as a physician. He was now destined to eventually command that same army.
President Assad is the only national leader in the world…we are assuming, we haven’t done a full survey, that can drive himself around, even into war zones.
Some say he is foolhardy, but the truth is simple, he may well be the most popular elected leader in the world today. I’ve sat in a hotel lobby with VT staffers Bassam Barakat and Gordon Duff while President Assad walked in alone for a meeting in the coffee shop.
Well, Nixon would head out to Carvel for ice cream from time to time, or so the secret service tell us. Bill Clinton had his cheeseburger habit, but we suspect its the Secret Service that brings Trump his nightly bag of Big Macs, thank goodness for liposuction.
This week, President Bashar Al Assad and his wife and elder son Hafez visited Oregano Restaurant in Damascus unexpectedly.
Assad with his wife and son are in the photo with the restaurant manager.
The restaurant manager thanked President Assad for choosing his humble restaurant and said,
“Very glad to receive you Mr. President with your family. Your unexpected presence, along with your family, created an ambiance of warmth, love and happiness.”
Assad and his family had a quiet dinner at the restaurant; and normally they visit public places in different provinces.
On the War Against Turkish Terrorism in Idlib
Why should we heed to a dog barking?
Human rights activists are fed by the US and its satellites
This what our Russian source says from Moscow about accusing Russian and Syrian airforces of attacking civilians in Edlib, and his comment on UN human rights ORGS reports on Syria.
“I do not see anything strange in your question. This topic is old and constant. All the so-called human rights activists are fed from the hands of the United States and its satellites. What else can you expect from such “human rights activists” ???
These dogs bark incessantly and the same. Why waste time and energy on every dog barking ???
Syria and Russia are predetermined as terrorists and aggressors guilty of all misfortunes. This opinion is bought and paid too generously. We still will not be heard and will not be believed.
Nahed is VT Damascus Bureau Chief. She is a member of the American Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (USA) and serves as Assistant Director of the Arab-American and Muslim Congress (Detroit, USA). She has a Diploma in English Literature from Damascus University (1987).
She’s also been a reporter for Turkish newspaper Aydinlik, Special Coordinator for Arab-Armenian International Law Assembly, Correspondent for Qatari News Agency, Al Ayam news Paper in Bahrain, Al Liwaa in Lebanon, Correspondent for Petra News Agency in Jordan, correspondent for the Associated Press in USA, and worked as a freelance journalist for CBS, ABS and CNN in Syria. She is fluent in both English and Arabic.