The Truth about Syria by Barry Rubin
Approx. 126,090 words.
Published on February 15, 2013.
Essay » Political.
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A stock figure of modern political literature is the Latin American dictator, a beribboned generalissimo, overweight, corrupt, propping up rich landlords who live in luxury on the back of impoverished peasants, using the language of anti-Communism to justify crushing any possibility of reform. Clearly, such people were seen as villains.