If you believe he is a leader, symbol, hero, eternal, wise, strategist, impeccable, exclusive, fair, educated, comrade, Lieutenant-General (highest military rank in 6 years military career), father, loving, doctor, reformer, secular, early starter of his working day, fighting corruption, building modern Syria, maintaining the country and region’s stability, protecting Lebanon, fighting Israel, protecting the Palestinian people, fighting for their cause, defusing all conspiracies against Arabs, fighting imperialism, facing a UNIVERSAL (yes, from universe) conspiracy, cracking down on terrorism in general, finishing Syria’s armed gangs, and spreading the spirit of Arabism, unification, freedom and socialism, then I think you truly deserve to be his slave, kneeling on your knees and kissing his poster. Even better, if his father previously did all these things, and still his qualities exceeded the above top marks, then he truly deserve you worship him FOREVER.
Ok, let’s forget the moukhabarat and Syrian TV descriptions and return to reality. Actually, this is a known medical case in psychology; it’s called Stockholm Syndrome. Wikipedia says it’s a ‘paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness’.
Some current and old Lebanese political leaders may slightly compete with this, but we are dealing here with possibly the worst official cult of personality this region has ever seen in modern history. Sadly, in their current states, I can assert that even North Korea could earn the title ‘Syria of the East’!
Moreover, Wikipedia quotes the FBI’s Hostage Barricade Database System which shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm Syndrome. We can then conclude that 73% of Syria’s population are currently protesting or taking a stand against the regime.