The British-born wife of Syrian butcher Bashar al-Assad appears to live on a different planet from other Syrians caught up in the country’s brutal civil war — posting cuddly Instagram photos of her holding children with the hashtags #love and #children.
Asma Assad posted one photo of her holding an infant that was taken at a maternity ward Feb. 26, and followed up with another photo March 10 showing her with a beatific smile, Fox News reported Thursday.
Her account also shows her reading to Syrian children with the hashtag #WeLoveYouAsma.
The feel-good posts stand in sharp contrast to other recent photos from the war-torn country — notably a father holding his twin babies who were killed during an April 4 chemical weapons attack that left at least 89 dead.
Others showed dead children, killed in the gas attack ordered by her husband, lined up in the street.
“She is part of the regime’s normalization campaign,” Syrian expert Andrew Tabler, an American scholar who knew and worked with Asma while living in Syria, told Fox.
“It shows indifference and insensitivity at the highest level,” said Tabler. “I think she’s fully aware of what’s going on. And it makes your stomach churn.”
Asma Assad, 41, is a British-Syrian dual citizen who was raised in London and graduated from King’s College with degrees in computer science and French literature.
Her parents are both Sunni Muslims from Homs, the Syrian city near the air base that President Trump destroyed with missiles April 6 in retaliation for Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
In a March 2011 Vogue magazine profile, Asma was called a “Rose in the Desert” and “the very freshest and most magnetic of first ladies.”
The profile was removed from the internet weeks later, as Assad began his bloody crackdown on Syrian dissidents.
“Subsequent to our interview, as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that its priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, said at the time.
People have asked how Assad’s wife and a mother of three could still back a dictator accused of dropping barrel bombs and gassing his own people.
In an interview with Russia’s state-sponsored Channel 24 last October, Asma said she stood by her husband “because my conviction didn’t tell me otherwise,” and praised Assad as a “very giving man” who takes his role as a father “very, very seriously.”