Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s 11-year-old son, Hafez, dared the U.S. to attack Syria in a long Facebook post, declaring “I just want them to attack soooo much,” an Australian news site reports.
“They may have the best army in the world, maybe the best airplanes, ships and tanks than ours, but soldiers?” Hafez allegedly wrote in a post with “V for victory” emoticons. “No has soldiers like we do in Syria… America doesn’t have soldiers, what is has is some cowards with new technology that claim themselves liberators.”
“I just want them to attack soooo much,” he continued, “because I want them to make this huge attack of beginning something that they don’t know the end of it.”
The New York Times posted evidence of the post’s authenticity on Thursday, noting that relatives and senior officials in Assad’s administration liked the post, and that Hafez listed the Montessori school in his education section, of which he is a graduate.
Several commenters changed their profile pictures to portraits of Bashar al-Assad or his father, with one commenting, “Like father like son! Well said future president!”
President Barack Obama is poised to launch a limited strike on the war-torn country despite deep skepticism from Congress and a definitive “no” vote from the British Parliament, which feared another Iraq-like quagmire.