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3. Assad, whose Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party had ruled Syria for almost 50 years, retaliated in a brutal manner, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions.
4. Last week, the plight of the Syrians was further elevated by the alleged use of chemical weapons.
6. Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said this: “The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders, by chemical weapons…
7. But in March of 2011 Kerry praised Assad saying the Syrian president:
Kerry continued: “And when I last went to — the last several trips to Syria — I asked President Assad to do certain things to build the relationship with the United States and sort of show the good faith.”
9. John Kerry has visited Syria repeatedly.
Kerry, leaving a military flight in Damascus in 2006.
10. The frequent visits inspired optimism in Kerry, who predicted in 2011: “Syria will change, as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West…
Kerry and Senator Chris Dodd meet with Assad in 2006.
12. On Monday, a different tone. Kerry described the horrors of the Assad regime: “A man who held up his dead child, wailing… the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or even a visible wound; bodies contorting in spasms…
14. The restaurant is named Naranj, and is said to have the finest food in all of Syria.
15. We know they sat here…
18. After one such meeting, one time Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said:
20. Carter has had a “personal relationship” with the Assad family for three decades.
21. And the U.S. is certainly not the only western country to have its leaders wined and dined by the brutal dictator.
25. …is one of the largest and deadliest chemical attacks used on a population in half a century.
Doctors Without Borders said that 355 people were killed in the attack.
26. And now John Kerry thinks this:
27. Interestingly enough Mr. Kerry, Donald Rumsfeld can empathize.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.
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