Facebook Used By Assad's 11-Year-Old Son to Taunt U.S.
As the U.S. prepares to launch a limited military strike against Syria, the 11-year-old son of president Bashar al-Assad allegedly used Facebook to dare America to attack.
"I just want them to attack soooo much," Hafez al-Assad allegedly writes, "because I want them to make this huge attack of beginning something that they don't know the end of it."
The authenticity of the younger al-Assad's Facebook profile has not yet been confirmed, but The New York Times notes that there are clues the page actually belongs to the son of the Syrian dictator.
The page has been "liked" and commented on by people who appear to be the children and grandchildren of senior members of the al-Assad regime, and Hafez al-Assad lists himself as a graduate of a Montessori school, a fact that was reporter in a Vogue profile of his mother, the Times notes.
Furthermore, the accounts said to belong to the children of former Syrian defense minister Assef Shawkat appear to be authentic, a Syrian journalist told the Times.
The Times also claims it's impossible to confirm whether the account belongs to Hafez and notes that there are parts of it that are likely untrue: that the kid is a graduate of Oxford University and plays for a Barcelona soccer team.
Links to the younger al-Assad's Facebook post were not working as of Friday morning.
In the post, Hafez al-Assad calls for Syrian unity against the American threat.
"Maybe they will destroy the army, but they will never destroy these remnants and little bits of resistance," al-Assad allegedly writes. "It's who we are, we were born to fight and resist, we will fight them everywhere until they get out if they came in in the first place."
"Victory is ours in the end no matter how much time it takes" he writes at the end of the post.
The full Facebook post, according to News.com.au:
12 hours we waited… 48 hours they said, we're waiting… they may have the best army in the world, maybe the best airplanes, ships, tanks than ours, but soldiers? No one has soldiers like the ones we do in Syria, if you ask me what rank would I rank American "soldiers" I wouldn't rank them the worst because the worst are soldiers, but America doesn't have soldiers, what it has is some cowards with new technology who claim themselves liberators, they said they supported the "revolution" but actually they made it, right now we're all syrian it doesn't matter if your with or against because that's democracy, the abilty to express yourself in your own way so when people say that they are against the "regime" it's fine but there's a difference between those people and the people who claim our flag green, it's like an offense to the country, but the worst is people who accuse the army of killing them, they accuse these men who are willing to risk they're lives and die to keep us safe, of killing us, well when these people say that "the army is gonna end beacuse America will attack" I can say that when America attacks it's gonna attack every syrian, with, against, terrorists, the army.
I can expect that some people may comment that America is more powerful than us, my response is that first you don't know what we have, second maybe they are stronger, maybe they will destroy the army, but they will never destroy these remnants and little bits of resistance, it's who we are, we were born to fight and resist, we will fight them everywhere until they get out if they came in in the first place, no matter how much hard they try to get us out of our holy land they will never succeed, it's where we come from it's where our roots and predecessors come from.
I just want them to attack sooo much, because I want them to make this huge mistake of beginning something that they don't know the end of it, just like Hezbollah defeated Israel and the NATO and by what? What did Hezbollah have back then? Some street fighters and some small rockets and a pile of guns, but they had belief, In theirselves and in their country and that's exactly what's gonna happen to America if it chooses invasion because they don't know our land like we do, no one does, victory is ours in the end no matter how much time it takes