Along with the usual tools employed by dictators, tyrants, and strongmen – torture, mass murder, slaughter of civilians by poison gas, etc. – Syria's Bashar al-Assad has gone digital and modern as Nabih Bulos of the Los Angeles Times reports:
Beginning in 2013 ... Syrian authorities wholeheartedly embraced social media, opening accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and, most recently, Instagram.
Well it is, after all, war. You do what you must. Employ every means available. To include everything from images that
... depict the president and his glamorous wife, Asma, earnestly holding the hands of wounded soldiers or civilians, playing with children and in the midst of adoring crowds.
To tweeting about the last village you gassed.