COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT
"Bows to Assad"?
Totally stupid piece of propaganda.
Assad is the elected president of Syria.
His government is the legitimate government of Syria.
In international affairs, you either comply with the norms or you do not, in which case you become a pariah state.
The norms include complying with legitimate government requests such as this. Passports, indeed, are the property of the issuing governments.
God, it is difficult to believe I am not looking at The News of the World here.