A new book about Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, aggregates his evildoings and depressingly confirms that the world has largely chosen to forget them.

The term “baby-faced assassin” comes from sports, connotating a gentle-looking player with a killer instinct to seize any advantage. It’s apposite for Assad, Syria’s president since July 2000, whose regime has brutally quelled any and all opposition.  ..

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