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When The West Romanced Assad

Now, the dictator of Syria is an international pariah. How fast the world changes.

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But in March of 2011 Kerry praised Assad saying the Syrian president:

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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.”

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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...

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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...

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