Are evil men unhappy by medical definition~Michael and I discuss this interesting ethical question~

Asma and Bashar al-Assad — a match made in hell

By Dr. Keith Ablow

Published September 06, 2013

FoxNews.com

Since their marriage in 2000, Asma al-Assad, stylish wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has stood by his side through thick and thin.  This, despite the fact that  her husband Bashar presides over a government which Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch insist routinely tortures, imprisons and kills its political opponents. Most recently, of course, his government is accused of killing over a thousand Syrian men, women and children using chemical weapons.

Asma, who is pretty and fit, is also smart. She was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan when she met the Syrian president, who was then training in London to be an eye surgeon.

Now, people around the world wonder how a woman born in the United Kingdom, with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and French literature, could have stood by as her husband amassed a fortune over $1 billion while serving in public office. And how she could post Instagram photographs of her charity work while presumably hearing that her husband’s regime has used chemical gas to asphyxiate children.

The answer is simple:  Being pretty is no antidote to being greedy nor corrupt nor lacking empathy, even though people instinctively think it ought to be.

Bashar and Asma are a match made in hell because they feed one another’s needs to keep reality at bay.

Being smart and educated is no antidote to being an accomplice, to being an accessory to organized crime (whether as a mafia don’s wife or a dictator’s wife).

And having children is no antidote to malignant narcissism.

You can be slim and wear stylish clothes and have an above-average IQ and still have such deep questions about whether you are worth anything at all, presumably because no one ever loved you for real.

And then you can go about trying to fill yourself up with money, power and the adulation of others, no matter what it takes—including killing people.

In fact, it is an expected result of running from one’s own self-loathing, cloaked in finery and fakery and fraud, that the real and decent people who interact with you will end up emptied out, of their money or their life force, by being in contact with you — let alone having you as their “first lady.”

Bashar al-Assad may have turned out to be a decent eye surgeon if he had indulged the healer inside him, instead of being commandeered by his dictator father into dictatorship.

And Asma al-Assad may have turned out to be a teacher of French literature had she not been raised in an environment that made her famished for finery and fame, such that she traded in her humanity for a palace, which only means she never grew up in anything like a home.

Bashar and Asma are a match made in hell because they feed one another’s needs to keep reality at bay.

They are a dynamic duo of destruction because they were, at some point, for all intents and purposes, destroyed in their humanness.

Now they are in league to distance themselves from that reality, whatever it takes—even killing kids, which is only a stark physical representation of what must have happened to them, psychologically.

Add to this the fact that a large segment of the world community has endorsed their brand of tyranny to keep another malignancy at bay — radical Islam — and all the ingredients for chemical weapons were stirring in the cauldron for years.

Because there’s one thing about monsters that is confounding:  They are sometimes ruthless at tearing down other monsters.

All marriages make psychological sense, even the ones that make for mass murder.

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at info@keithablow.com.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/09/06/asma-and-bashar-al-assad-match-made-in-hell/#ixzz2eAC1XjRF

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From Michael to me~~

I thought you might be interested in this article: Asma and Bashar al-Assad — a match made in hell.

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John Begg <jtdbegg@gmail.com>
7:47 PM (1 hour ago)

 

to Michael
Just what makes the good doctor think that evil people are unhappy by definition~~I mean is that a rule of medicine~~is the American President unhappy~~is Mr Putin unhappy~~is Her Majesty unhappy~~are you unhappy~~am I unhappy~~is the good doctor unhappy?  If so~~why so~~if not so~~why not so?  I find the good doctor’s note very thin gruel for supper this evening~~
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Michael Wendling
7:58 PM (55 minutes ago)

 
to me
Perhaps what he saying is that their happiness is a “false” happiness and maybe the only one they’re able to “feel” based on his assertion that their deep insecurities and never having been “loved” for their genuine worth make true “happiness” ultimately unattainable.  But I’m alas I’m not a shrink; but to your specific point; I tend to think “evil” people by definition very “happy” based on the fact the that take whatever they want for themselves and acquiesce to all temptation. Sent from my iPhone

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John Begg <jtdbegg@gmail.com>
8:15 PM (39 minutes ago)

to Michael
I just don’t pretend to know this stuff~~who the hell is happy~~and for what reasons~~you know these kids were international poster children for well-adjusted Arabs a few years ago~~hailed as such by the incumbent  American President~~what people seem to forget in this is that they are the established power and that the rebels are intent on their violent overthrow~~what would anyone do?
What would Putin do~~or the Chinese~~or the American government~~ or Her Majesty’s Government~~if armed men declared they were going to overthrow them~~they would liquidate their opponents~~that is what they would do~~when you try to violently overthrow an established government~~you will be met with violence~~I do not hear this being discussed~~it is typical of this government at Washington to be sanctimonious on this~~they would blow away violent revolutionaries trying to overthrow them without a second’s thought and they would use any available weaponry to do so~~and any thinking man know this~~
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Michael Wendling
9:08 PM (5 minutes ago)

to me
Oh I agree with that; and I don’t think the American Government is going to do anything. ~~
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John Begg <jtdbegg@gmail.com>
9:12 PM (1 minute ago)

to Michael
Pray God not~
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Michael Wendling
9:14 PM (1 minute ago)

to me
Yes
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John Begg <jtdbegg@gmail.com>
7:47 PM (1 hour ago)

to Michael
Just what makes the good doctor think that evil people are unhappy by definition~~I mean is that a rule of medicine~~is the American President unhappy~~is Mr Putin unhappy~~are you unhappy~~am I unhappy~~is the good doctor unhappy?  If so~~why so~~if not so~~why not so?  I find the good doctor’s note very thin gruel for supper this evening~~

 

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