Assad Joins Instagram

    FILE - In this file image from video broadcast on Syrian state television Wednesday, April 17, 2013, President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview. The Syrian government wants more details before deciding whether to take part in a proposed U.S.-Russian initiative to negotiate a peaceful end to Syria's crisis, the country's information minister said Tuesday, May 14, 2013, staking out a similar position to the main opposition group. One of the key sticking points in even bringing the sides to the table for talks has been the role of Assad in any negotiated transition.(AP Photo/Syrian State TV via AP video, File)

    Syrian State TV,via AP

    Just what the world needs: another megalomaniacal dictator using social media. Perhaps as an attempt to appeal to Syrian youth—of course not those against whom he’s been accused of waging chemical warfare—President Bashar al-Assad has joined Instagram. The Syrian leader’s foray into posting filtered photos—mostly of himself and his wife smiling and waving to throngs of supporters—coincided with the Syrian civil war's death toll topping 100,000. The country’s internal violence is now taking approximately 7,000 civilian lives per month, and Assad has been accused of contributing to the mass murder of his people. Nothing like Instagram to make a country of people who hate you forget about alleged war crimes and human-rights violations, right Assad?

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