The fact that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is an authoritarian dictator is well known and reported widely nearly every day in the mainstream media. What is not being reported is that Assad belongs to a Muslim sect that believes in tolerance toward other religions, such as Christianity.
Assad is an Alawite, a relatively small sect within Islam that comprises roughly 12 percent of the population of Syria. The Alawites are considered to be an offshoot of Shia Islam and are hated by nearly all of the major sects within the Muslim religion.
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