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Vogue Salutes Syria’s Dictator’s Wife Asma al-Assad For Being Thin

by | 27th, February 2011

A FAINT sneery rustle of controversy over US  Vogue ‘s embarrassingly timed profile of Syria’s first lady, Asma al-Assad, 35. As Middle Eastern and north African regimes topple all about its borders and beyond, and Syria itself beats down rioters and restricts internet access, here comes a piece of scented puffery which lauds the wife of President Bashar al-Assad, who won 97% of the vote in the 2000 election.

You can’t buy that kind of charisma. Or may be you can.

Apparently, the first lady is the nation’s Mother Theresa. Wisely, she leaves the jewels at home while ministering to the dirt poor. She’s a strange kind of saintly figure, however. The  Vogue piece recounts how she cruelly tells a bunch of children that their school is to be closed down. As infantile blubs start up she reveals she’s only joking – ‘I just wanted to see how much you care about Massar ,’ she says of her charity.

It’s a very telling anecdote. Living saints should not be overly conscious of the favours they do unto others.

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