Bashar al-Assad will not reflect much when analysts write about the meaning of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s visit to Damascus from a human rights and liberal point of view. He will not look closely into the fact that the visitor doesn’t have any legitimate status to add to him. He is the first president in the world to have an arrest warrant issued against him in the International Criminal Court, even if it was rejected by the Arab League and the African Union and countries like China and Russia. None of these considerations matter in Damascus. What the Syrian regime has done against its people belittles the record of others in similar matters.
Assad is aware of all these contradictions on the Syrian front as he was the reason for the creation of many of them, transforming the Syrian narrative from a peaceful uprising to an armed revolution to the fight against terrorism, to finally bringing Syria back to its traditional norm of investing in the proceeds of its geographical locationNadim Koteich