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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

If she's really the dictator she makes herself out to be, perhaps this will get her to order her husband to call off the dogs.
European Union states are set to ban Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s wife Asma from travel to and shopping in the EU, diplomats said, cranking up pressure on his government to end a bloody crackdown on popular unrest.


In recent weeks she became the focus of media attention when a trove of emails between her and her husband obtained by Britain’s Guardian newspaper appeared to show them shopping for pop music and luxury items while Syria descended into bloodshed.


The EU has responded to Syria’s violence with a broad range of sanctions, which include a ban on Syrian oil imports to Europe and measures against the Syrian central bank and other companies and state institutions.

On Friday, it is expected to take new steps. For Asma, they will mean she will no longer be able to travel to the EU or buy products from EU-based companies, in her own name.
I doubt this will have much effect. Asma has enough clothes to last a long time. And her parents - who are not sanctioned - live in London and can still fly to Syria (via Cairo or Istanbul according to sites I checked) and bring her anything her heart desires.

What could go wrong?

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At 3:16 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Isn't she still a British Subject?

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Empress Trudy,

I was wondering the same thing, but I suspect that she had to give up her British citizenship when she took Syrian citizenship. Because Israel and the US both allow dual citizenship, many of us don't realize that most countries don't allow it.


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