WorldViews: Assad ridiculed for statement praising Mandela

By Loveday Morris, December 6, 2013

In a statement that was greeted with derision from opposition activists and commentators, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is two and a half years into a civil war that began as a peaceful uprising against his autocratic rule, said Friday that Nelson Mandela’s fight for freedom and justice provides a lesson for the world’s oppressors.

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