In February, Vogue published a glowing profile of Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria. The article marveled at al-Assad’s long limbs, her fashion sense, her analytical mind. It gushed over the “democratic” running of her household, and mentioned several times her wish for peace.
DV by Diana Vreeland. 208 pages. Ecco. $16.99.
In March, Syrian protests against the President Bashar al-Assad-led government began and, as they continued, protesters were beaten, arrested, gassed, and killed in ever increasing numbers. More than 700 have been killed to date, and the protests show no sign of abating.
The kissy profile “A Rose in the Desert,” written in much the same gushy language as your average profile of Angelina Jolie, just gets more and more embarrassing as Syria’s leaders kill more and more of their own people. It became a… More…