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A picture is worth 1,000 words: Kerry & Assad's 2009 dinner date

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Syrian president Bashar Assad ”now joins a list of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein who’ve used these weapons in a time of war,” Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Sunday's Meet the Press.  “This is of great consequence to Israel, to Jordan, to Turkey, to the region, and to all of us who care about enforcing the international norm with respect to chemical weapons."

But just a few years ago, Kerry and his wife wined and dined with the modern-day "Hitler" in Damascus:

(Image: AFP via DailyMail)

The UK's Daily Mail reports:

The picture is believed to have been taken in February 2009 in the Naranj restaurant in Damascus when Kerry led a delegation to Syria to discuss ideas and talk about the way forward for peace in the region. ...

During a passionate speech in Washington last Friday, [Kerry] also called Assad  a ‘thug and murderer’ and urged the world to act as he warned 'history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator'.

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