Assad also provides mostly free health care, education, and housing assistance, as well as socially just labor laws based on solidarity, not exploitation. In addition, unlike Lebanon and Jordan, Palestinian refugees have full citizenship rights, including access to the same social services.
As a result, despite legitimate grievances among many, today's turmoil is externally generated to oust him for allying with other anti-imperial regional governments. Washington wants them replaced by internal subversion, financial, or military conflict, facilitated by international media manipulation, misreporting events through malicious disinformation, including The New York Times, withholding and distorting facts to misinform readers.
On June 17, its latest editorial foray headlined, "Syria's Nightmare," contemptuously saying:
"With thousands of Syrians being slaughtered, jailed or forced to flee their country, (Obama) and other leaders need to....punish and isolate (Assad) and his cronies."
In fact, who empowers Washington anywhere, and by what authority do Times editors demand it, as well as backing Washington's extremist domestic and foreign agenda.
Nonetheless, says The Times, "(Obama) should make clear that the Syrian strongman has lost all legitimacy (and with) his cronies (must) pay a high price for their abuses....The only way to end Syria's nightmare is for (Assad) to go."
In fact, Washington caused North African/Middle East/Central Asian "nightmares," reigning terror throughout the region. In contrast, Assad attacked no one. Neither did Gaddafi.
Only America and its complicit allies wage wars, ones The Times and America's major media wholeheartedly support, no matter how much death, destruction and human misery they cause.