Back in March of 2011, the magazine Vogue published a disgustingly fawning article about Asma al-Assad. The New York Times notes that article in a story about the PR efforts of the Assad regime and gives us part of a statement from Vogue editor Anna Wintour:
This spring, the magazine removed the article from its Web site. On Sunday, Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, issued a statement about the article saying, in part: “Like many at that time, we were hopeful that the Assad regime would be open to a more progressive society. Subsequent to our interview, as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that its priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue. The escalating atrocities in Syria are unconscionable and we deplore the actions of the Assad regime in the strongest possible terms.”
I guess continuing his daddy's internal oppression after he took over in 2000 wasn't discouraging enough. I guess continuing his daddy's thuggish policies in Lebanon and supporting Hezbollah and Iran wasn't discouraging enough. I guess his allowing the Iraqi insurgency and al Qaeda in Iraq to run their ratlines through Syria wasn't discouraging enough. I guess the murder of Rafik Hariri wasn't discouraging enough.
Wintour is full of shit. Bashar al-Assad is the barbarian spawn of one of the worst dictators the Middle East has seen in modern times. There may have been a brief period back in 2000 when it was not ridiculous to think that the new dictator might be more "progressive," but that died a quick death more than a decade ago. To think that the Assad regime might reform in any way because of the so-called Arab Spring is either a lie or a flashing neon sign of a profoundly unserious mind.
Asma al-Assad lives a life entirely dependent on her monster of a husband's blood-soaked hands. To be gracious to her or pay her any kind of compliment is disgusting. You want to know why I have such contempt for many of our so-called elites? Take a good hard look at Anna Wintour and know this: She's a rock star in all the "right" circles.
Fuck her and fuck the people who kiss her ass.