Michael Totten

Fraternizing with the Enemy

Here’s an old Syrian joke which I’m probably not telling correctly:
An official informed the late Hafez Assad of the results of the so-called election. “Sir,” he said. “You won 99.99 percent of the vote!”
Assad frowned and rubbed his chin.
“Sir,” said the official. “Only 0.01 percent of the people voted against you. What more do you want?”
“Their names,” Assad said.

One of those names was Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian dissident and blogger who (bravely?) allowed himself to be interviewed in an Israeli newspaper.