A video blogger reedited segments from a CNN interview Syria's First Lady Asma Assad gave in 2009 during Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza to make it seem as if she is in fact referring to the current violent crackdown in her own country.
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In the remixed video uploaded to Youtube, Assad is seen declaring that "the barbaric assault on innocent civilians has been horrific,” and, “this is the 21st century, where in the world could this happen?" as images of the massacres in the city of Homs are displayed.
Readers should be aware that the clip includes some extremely graphic images.
In its report of the video satire, the New York Times said it was not clear who made the remix, but that it was uploaded to YouTube last week by an anonymous video blogger who had posted video of a protest in the Syrian capital, Damascus, in January. Before that, the same person uploaded a series of brief comedy sketches, apparently shot in Britain.
British-born Asma Assad's silence on the violence in her country received much focus by the UK press. The Independent newspaper quoted a Syrian citizen who said that the First Lady did not comment when told about the attack against protesters and the abduction of the injured. "It was like telling her something that happens every day," the man said.
Last week, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported that Jordan's Queen Rania recently phoned Asma to ask about the situation in the battle-torn country. Assad's wife responded: "Our situation is excellent and we have no concerns, thanks to allah."
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