LONDON. - As Syria was transformed into a battlefield of bloody clashes between rebels and the army, in the house of President Bashar al-Assad ruled the luxury and good humor, the pace of the most popular songs of the United States. This was revealed by the British newspaper The Guardian, which released thousands of emails from him and his wife, Asma.
The nearly 3,000 daily emails that reached through members of the Syrian opposition, whose identification was not released, shed light on different types of information published on the Web between June 2011 and last month. The Syrian regime's close relationship with Iran, the eccentric purchases until the first lady and devoted love songs were revealed.
"[Al-Assad] was downloading songs from iTunes while his army was bombing us. And his wife bought expensive things at Amazon. Me sick," he said indignantly, Rami, an activist in Homs. This reflected the general rejection of the opposition generated between the spread of e.
With the signature "AAA" or "Alia Kalayi" the first lady, born in Britain, bought over the Internet from gold and diamond jewelry to cookware in the past year. The favorite target of his expenses were excessive jewelry products. Last July, a mail was notified that his request for necklaces and gems to Paris was delayed. "When it comes to fine jewelry, I do not care!" Was the response from Damascus.
While the streets were emptying Syrian-the death toll rose to 8000 and 30,000 people left the country, the home of the Al-Assad was filled with luxury items. In July last year, the first lady spent about $ 15,000 on a set of candlesticks, tables and decorations in a French house, where months evenings requested budgets artwork that came to $ 55,000.
As for his interest in fashion, Asthma is a fan of the unique brand of shoes. On February 3, shared with his closest friends the new collection of that house, with a focus on a couple of almost $ 6000. "I do not think that will be useful for a while, unfortunately," replied one person in your circle.
Can not be said, however, that the first lady had no awareness that their country was plunged into an economic crisis which will be difficult to put back. In June last year, asked the family of a consultant who lives in London, Suleiman Maruf, it acquired a building on the products in Harrods sales time.
On 31 December, while Syria was close to falling into a civil war, Bashar and Asma al-Assad celebrated the 11th anniversary of marriage, three children were born.About that time, the Syrian first lady sent a message to her husband only said: "If we are strong together, get through this together. I love you".
Days earlier, also in a demonstration of concern, he sent an email with links to sites that sold bulletproof vests.
Far from the intransigence and brutality demonstrated by his government, the Syrian president romantic shown indoors.
On February 5 he sent an email to his wife, signed with the pseudonym "Sam" with the song "God Gave Me You", American country singer Blake Shelton.
According to The Guardian, Al-Assad eluded the U.S. trade restrictions by registering on iTunes with a new name and an address in New York. At the music store, the couple bought songs like "Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order, and "Sexy and I Know It", the modern group LMFAO.
Through the mails, the couple also wanted to relax with offbeat humor. Last July, when Asma said he would be ready at 17, her husband said, laughing at the change requests of his people. "That's the best reform that any country can have: I warned you where you are going to be. We will adopt this reform, instead of those crappy laws on parties, elections and media," he wrote.