Poor Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. He's such a nice guy, but unfortunately the Syrian military won't allow him to transform the country into an Arabic version of South Korea.
I am not making this up. This is what Michael Lueders claims, one of Germany's foremost Arabia experts, in a comment in the left-wing daily Frankfurter Rundschau. According to Lueders Israel and the U.S. government try to "demonize" Syria.
And there's another culprit next door (you won't guess it): "What is Israel keeping from realizing the 50 year old dream for a life in peace and security? The answer has two words: Ariel Sharon."
Well, not everyone has tender feelings for al-Assad, though:
Source: Cox & Forkum
Couldn't some expert - possibly from Germany - explain to these clueless Lebanese folks that Mr. al-Assad has purely peaceful intentions?
(Hat tip Ruth Fink)