- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Asma Assad, wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, is pregnant, according to various media reports.

The pregnancy, reported Newser, which sourced various other U.S. media as well as a Lebanese newspaper, comes at a time of long-lasting civil war — an anomaly that goes far toward strengthening the arguments of analysts who see Mr. Assad’s refusal to abide international pressure and step down as a descent into a Peter Pan-type illusion.

Perhaps Mr. Assad “really does believe what he says about his popularity and impending victory,” writes Max Fisher, as quoted by Newser, in reference to the oddly-timed pregnancy.

Rumors had surfaced of an Asma pregnancy months ago — in June, when the country was facing the height of its bloodshed.