Moderate is a Relative Term in the Mideast, Just Ask Assad

June 18, 2013 11:48 by

Cast your minds back to the year 2000 when Bashar al-Assad became president of Syria. Headlines such as this from the AP:


According to CNN, Assad Jr liked windsurfing and the web:


The New York Times referred to the “shy young doctor,” a “soft-spoken, gangly bachelor and computer buff.”



Today we know better.

So maybe the international media should give some thought to the widespread descriptions of Iranian president-elect Rowhani as a “moderate” or “reformer” such as this from PBS:



Sadly, in the Middle East, being a moderate or a centrist is very much a relative term.

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