Even as horrifying images, news and footage continue to spill out of Syria's civil war, Bashar Al-Assad's Facebook page, about 325,000 supporters strong, insists that all is well in Syria and that rumors of terror in Syria are spawned by "masonic" western media and "terrorist" Free Syrian Army.
Assad's Facebook page is a shocking look into what a leader's social media presence looks like in a time of national chaos. It is boldly focused on dispensing a collected, positive image of Syria -- one in which the rebels are terrorists and the will of the people is drowned out by Western interests. It is a Facebook that mirrors many of Assad's most resounding real-life criticisms.
"[This video] shows that Syria is still fine... The image is in front of you, and the judgment is for you."
This video, posted on Assad's Facebook page, is a bucolic tour of Syria, featuring singing Assad-supporters and swans on a river; not featured are the landscapes scarred by a civil war that has taken an estimated 17,000 lives.