What chemical attacks? If you check out the @syrianpresidency Instagram account, it appears political life is proceeding as usual in the country ravished by more than two years of civil war that has left more than 100,000 dead. As President Obama makes his case to Congress and world leaders to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Assad's wife, Asma, is posting photos of herself hashtagged #Assad or #Asma. In them, she's carrying out typical first lady duties, like meeting with the country's top students. Comments on the photos do bring things back to reality, with one asking: "how do you sleep at night?"
Asma al-Assad, born and raised in the UK, has often been used by the Syrian government to help the country's image in the West. She was famously the subject of a Vogue 2011 profile that called her "a rose in the desert." The magazine has since unpublished the fawning article. Despite the most recent social media PR push, there's no denying the worsening situation in Syria. In his address to the American people and Congress last weekend, President Obama called Assad a dictator who has gassed "hundreds of children in plain sight." And today, graphic video has emerged of rebel, anti-Assad forces executing Syrian soldiers. No Instagram filter can hide the ugly situation.