Asma Assad stands by her murderous man

Last year Vogue Magazine published a fawning profile (embarrassed--or something--they removed it; someone--or some institution preserved it) of Syria's first lady, A Rose in the Desert.  Beginning lyrically, Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic-the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies. Her style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment. She's a rare combination: a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement. Paris Match calls her "the element of light in a country full of shadow zones." She is the first lady of Syria. (snip) The first impression of Asma al-Assad is movement-a determined swath cut through space with a flash of red soles. Dark-brown eyes, wavy chin-length brown hair, long neck, an energetic grace. No watch, no jewelry apart from Chanel agates around her neck, not even a wedding ring, but fingernails lacquered a dark blue-green. She's breezy,...(Read Full Post)