As Thousands Die, Assad Takes Selfies
Syrian president joins Instagram; fails to capture civil war
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
An Instagram photo shows Assad and his wife surrounded by beaming children.   (Instagram)

(Newser) – Syria is in the middle of a bloody civil war—not that you'd know it from President Bashar al-Assad's new Instagram account, which features Assad and his wife shaking hands, hugging, and chatting with smiling constituents and cheering crowds, reports CNN. With 100,000 people now dead in the conflict and a million displaced, according to the Washington Post, Assad is now fighting a second front: a propaganda war. The Instagram account joins his popular Facebook and Twitter accounts, which feature similar images of happy Syrians and the photogenic first family. The only hint of conflict is in the occasional comment that slips past the moderators. "This is not the real Syria," says one comment, per CNN. "Show us the actual Syria, please."

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Aug 9, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
Nothing would bring the reality of war to Assad and his wife as the experience of running from bombs and hovering in destroyed buildings hoping to survive an assault.
Aug 1, 2013 1:28 PM CDT
That fella top right who's looking down the barrel has the face of a man who has done many unpleasant things to people.
Aug 1, 2013 5:58 AM CDT
Surrounded by beaming children -- and stone-faced security men. Stalin and Hitler put on similar dumbshows.