• Bashar Hafez al-Assad; born 11 September 1965 is the President
of Syria, General Secretary of the Ba'ath Party and Regional
Secretary of the party's branch in Syria. He has served as
President since 2000, when he succeeded his father, Hafez al-
Assad, who led Syria for 30 years until his death.
• He is a dictator, which is why the west support those
who want him to step down. As a dictator, he is doing
everything in his power to STAY in power, including killing
innocent people. That's what dictators do, and that
makes him a baddie. Trouble is, many if not most of the
people who want him to go are just as bad, and will bring
in an Islamic fundamentalist government.
It's a lose-lose situation for the west.
By: Rahul Jose
• August 18, 2011 - Both the United States and the European
Union call for al-Assad to step down. U.S. authorities also
impose new economic sanctions against Damascus, freezing
Syrian government assets in the United States, barring
Americans from making new investments in Syria and
prohibiting any U.S. transactions relating to Syrian petroleum
products, among other things.
• November 14, 2011 - Jordan's King Abdullah calls on Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad to resign.
• May 19, 2011 - Al-Assad is harshly criticized in a speech by
U.S. President Barack Obama, that Syrians have displayed
"courage in demanding a transition to democracy [but Assad's
regime] has chosen the path of murder and the mass arrests
of its citizens...President Assad now has a choice: He can lead
that transition, or get out of the way."