Did Bashar Assad’s 11-Year-Old Son Taunt the US Military?

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Syrian President Bashar Assad does an interview with Russian newspaper "Izvestia" in Damascus on Aug. 26, 2013

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s 11-year-old son Hafez is not afraid of a potential military strike on Syria—if you are to believe a Facebook post from what appears to be his account, according to the New York Times’s Liam Stack.

“I just want them to attack sooo much, because I want them to make this huge mistake of beginning something that they don’t know the end of it,” reads the post, which appears to have been taken down along with the account.

Information on the account lined up with known facts about Hafez—including his schooling at the Montessori School in Damascus—and the list of people that “liked” or commented on the post revealed names of members of Assad’s inner circle, Stack writes after some digging. “If the Facebook post attributed to Mr. Assad’s son is a hoax, it is either a highly elaborate one involving dozens of fake accounts purporting to belong to the children of other regime insiders, or a forgery so impressive that some of those children themselves — including the boy’s cousins — have been fooled.

Writes the Facebook post’s allegedly 11-year-old author: “No one has soldiers like the ones we do in Syria … America doesn’t have soldiers, what it has is some cowards with new technology who claim themselves liberators.”

[New York Times]

169 comments
Wiggymaster
Wiggymaster

Foolish little children being foolish little children.  Father and son both.  

Immaturity and egotism leads to bloodshed; always has and always will.  Be content to ignore such foolishness, and live in peace. 

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SlowmoeJoe
SlowmoeJoe

There is only one way to end Syria  and that is to turn it to rubble. it is not a country  it is just land filled with barbaric blood. humanity needs to start anew there as there is no humanity left.  The entire country is ruled with  terrorist mentality. Once Syria is gone, you will see great change in all  nations . Think if it were your family there. they will only be brutalized. some leader some where has to say enough and do the right thing and end it all just like was done to Hitler.  terrorist will not change- they have no purpose but sadistic power.

MillyLanders
MillyLanders

Why is a Russian newspaper interviewing Assad?  Why isn't the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles, Times, Reuters, BBC interviewing Assad?  The answer is because Assad is a coward, because Assad is Hitler reborn, because Assad will destroy his country and kill his countrymen(men, women, and children) to protect his own ass and  $$$ . Assad's family will be safe...his brother, his wife, his children and their "Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous" will continue as Syrian nationals are killed by chemical weapons. "Let them eat cake!" If you don't know what that means, google it!

viksul90
viksul90

@TIME its just a hoax,an 11 year old Arab kid may already have a venomous mind,but not enough formal educatn to compose such advance message

TJ293
TJ293

Assad's son calls US cowards, when it is his father who has amassed the largest chemical weapons in the world to use against civilians and gas kids his age as they sleep???

CApostscript
CApostscript

@TIME well, who is Assad's son anyway? Hope the US knows not to respond to kids' immaturities!

Brad_Boyd767
Brad_Boyd767

@TIME and no its not a Muslim thing Americans kill every body including Canadians its just called a military accident..War Hungry mules

Brad_Boyd767
Brad_Boyd767

@TIME if u wanna look like Uday & Qusay Hussein then keep talking...have u not learned American is a War Machine killing is good politics!!

xee14
xee14

@TIME if we agree with US right to attack any Muslim in the world then on same ground we will hv to accept every Muslim right to attack US.

mozelle58
mozelle58

@TIME @TIMEWorld Pretty articulate for 11. Better writing skills than many native speakers. Not responsible, TIME.

UN1441
UN1441

"Spare the rod and spoil the child." Uday Hussein, Qusay Hussein and now Hafez  Assad, were, are impudent dictator spawns! Fortunately they have a disciplinarian uncle to administer proper punishment, Uncle Sam. And the rod? the rod will be
tungsten "hypervelocity rod bundles"

silverose
silverose

The poor, ignorant kid, so full of himself. I hope his pride doesn't destroy him

Janet Peters
Janet Peters

The army is upset by an 11 y/o kid? That's pathetic!

Caesar J. B. Squitti
Caesar J. B. Squitti

Don't be fooled by human truths...lies or truths they can BOTH LIE !!! Even human truths can lie if they are not the whole truth...for example if cylinders containing gas accidentally explode who is to blame except perhaps the devil...? http://www.caesarsquitti.com

Gerald Catalano
Gerald Catalano

The desires for drums of war are the enemy, not other people! If it wasn't okay for Israel to use war and its horrors on mankind against Arabs, it is not suddenly okay in reverse. Evil NEVER beats evil, even when EVIL is dressed as an angel. The only thing that will stop the fighting is to STOP and talk. You will find that FEAR is the root of all your fighting! Fear of losing. Fear of being wrong. Fear of dying. Fear of living as one with no purpose. Fear of actually realizing how pathetic both sides are. Fear of compromise. Fear of pointing out your own follies instead of pointing the fingers at the "other" guy. Wake up - your mindset is an embarrassment to your people, your faith and your standing in the world. Who cares what Israel does...it's what YOU do that makes this a problem for you, same with the Israelis. Someone is going to lose and in today's massively destructive military culture, that someone is all of humanity!

RafaSantos
RafaSantos

His assessment on US soldiers is fair and accurate.

Tania Letizia Gobbett
Tania Letizia Gobbett

Bashar il suo generale vuoi dire? quello che sale in piedi sul dorso dell'amico e gioca a giochi animati? Ma (...) immagino che un adulto militare che fa giuramento verso un bambino, abbia problemi psichici. Cosa ne pensate?

Achat Utoya
Achat Utoya

They can't go to war without allies they will fail

Achat Utoya
Achat Utoya

US is weak without allies u should know this folks

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Please use Dr Oz diet sheets , or eat smaller portions .

AmericanMuse
AmericanMuse

He's a kid who's for his dad -- leave him alone!

Cori LBere
Cori LBere

False-False - please stop and think people , No way would a major chess board player in world wars, would ever let his child on F.B. or any other place, they are safe and sound far away from the public out let of insanity 101, he is the child of the Assad leader and Pres of Syria, rent a brain, the post was a test of how lame and hook line and sink are you.

BikeshShrestha
BikeshShrestha

 American soldiers are mercenaries. the die for money, they are demon. They obey their foolish presidents' and CIC order. They are after money. If they are human, they never kill another human.

Bikesh Shrestha
Bikesh Shrestha

Salute to little Assad. Please Stand against demon USA. Do not afraid with Satan USA. Terrorist USA. All the best to you and Syria family.

Susan Fehrman Garcia
Susan Fehrman Garcia

Well please, let's not bring a poor brainwashed little kid in this. I pray he survives.

DrTaleb Ali
DrTaleb Ali

:D why media all time think we r fool and make joke with us?

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

If America goes into Syria: 1. Stop infighting between Government and rebel forces. 1A. Drones can be used to stop the infighting. 2. The goal should be help rebuild and improve Syria's civilian infrastructure utilizing only their own means. 3. Let the Syrians decide their government and terms of elections. 4. They can make a new currency, peg it to the US Dollar, and start fresh. In short: Broker peace, help rebuild, get out. After that, it's all Syria's problem. Withdrawal Contingencies: A. 450 US Service Members are lost. B. Syria has a stable banking system with an inflation rate lower than 5%. Which ever comes first. (Pi + Pi^2)/Pi = 1 + Pi (e + e^2)/e = 1 + e In general: (x + x^2)/x = 1 + x Why not listen to a Math Genius?

Bodhi LaVey
Bodhi LaVey

I'm so glad TIME took a moment to publish a story on an 11 year old's Facebook status. Bravo.

nilbud
nilbud

@Wiggymaster Bush is no longer in power, wake up.

nilbud
nilbud

@SlowmoeJoe The only terrorists are the US idiots and their mercenaries.

nilbud
nilbud

@MillyLanders The US backed rebels were the ones who released the gas. Maybe if you were less gullible you wouldn't make such a fool of yourself.

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

@Brad_Boyd767 @TIME Hey, if you lived right under Canada you'd be killing them too.  Poutine-eating psychopaths.

JoseMiguelLunaMejia
JoseMiguelLunaMejia

@Harrison Joshua Cande Yehaaaaa just how we did in Iraq ....you are so @#$%^