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Opinion | With 3rd generation Assadists, the worst yet to come

Despite all that has happened in Syria, it is still safe to say that its worst days are yet to come simply because there is a 3rd generation of Assadists who are being smartly and immorally prepared to take over power — and life — in the country.

Hafez Assad (left), Bashar Hafez Assad and Hafez Bashar Hafez Assad

The chain started with the “Founding Leader” or “Father” Hafez Assad who gradually rose to an important military position in the 1960s until the year 1970 when he assumed power in Syria through a military coup.

If the regime of Bashar Assad continues for many more years, the 3rd generation of Assadists will have enough time to grow into the role and be groomed to assume power

Hafez continued to have absolute rule over Syria until the end of the 1990s when his son Bashar Assad began getting “lessons” and practicing “leadership” as the “heir to the Assad throne”. These arrangements were made so that he would be prepared to take over when his father Hafez died, which he did in 2000, giving way to the 2nd generation of Assadists to be in power. Of course, this came with the help of key men closely connected to the 1st generation who were constantly working behind the scenes in a well-organized manner.

If the regime of Bashar Assad continues for many more years, the 3rd generation of Assadists will have enough time to grow into the role and be groomed to assume power with the help of these backstage actors. This group will most likely include Bashar Assad’s son, Hafez, named after his grandfather, or someone else from their very narrow circle.

Syria will be seeing its darkest and bloodiest days ever and the law of the jungle will be the country’s constitution

If this is allowed to take place, Syria will be seeing its darkest and bloodiest days ever and the law of the jungle will be the country’s constitution. This is because the 3rd generation of Assadists is currently being taught by example that murder and destruction yield “fruitful” results that benefit the regime.

They see for themselves how more killings have only resulted in more years in power with global silence in the face of 12 years of non-stop crimes against their own citizens.

They see how the regime survives despite all its heinous actions, including using chemical weapons with absolute impunity multiple times.

They now know with certainty that if they imprison, detain, torture, and displace, they will survive as long as they do so with arrogance and high professionalism.

They are taught that all they need is to create a fabricated enemy, preferably one that plays on the fears of many people living in the West and can be easily marketed to them as extremist groups, and kill as many as is deemed necessary while persistently spinning a barrage of propaganda and outright lies.

as long as endless negotiations result in no real accountability or regime change, there is no problem with meeting with opposition delegations for ages to come

They are also learning about the need to maintain a political façade for propaganda purposes. There is no problem with talking about reconciliations, asking refugees to return, and issuing amnesty decrees as they serve in beautifying the public image of the regime. And as long as endless negotiations result in no real accountability or regime change, there is no problem with meeting with opposition delegations for ages to come.

To cut a long story short, the 1st generation Assadists were tougher but smarter in perpetrating crimes, while the 2nd generation has wounded, arrested, and imprisoned hundreds of thousands of Syrians, killed approximately one million men, women, and children, and displaced millions more. As for what the 3rd generation of Assadists might do, this is best left to the wild and surreal imagination of a Hollywood screenplay writer who is solely specialized in horror movies.

Sam Aman
Sam Aman
Writer on Middle East affairs

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