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Syrian General Defects
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July 07, 2012, 05:29 PM
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General Manf TlassWhere did he defect from, the spa? In this 2011 picture, 47-year-old Gen. Manf Tlass looks like a Belgian movie producer trying to hustle a deal at Cannes by renting a yacht slightly bigger than he can afford. From Wikipedia:
Tlass was born in Rastan in 1964. He is the son of former Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass.[5] His family was the most famous Sunni family in Syria, known for supporting the Alawite-dominated regime.
Over the years, I have had a hard time paying attention to Syrian politics because I get distracted by how the players look. The current dictator is kind of an odd-looking Will-Ferrell-plays-Inspector-Clouseau-type, and his father, the previous dictator, looked like a Wisconsin high school principal.
One theory is that ruling castes tend to get fairer over the generations because powerful men use their power to marry fair wives. That`s likely true of the current First Lady of Syria, but I can`t recall if anybody has systematically investigated this idea.