A dinner-jacketed, blood-spattered President Assad is shown holding a gun-toting Oscar statuette as he gives his acceptance speech. The election has been rejected as farce and a political stunt by activists and Western politicians who say it is designed solely to bolster Assad's beleaguered regime. We may safely assume, therefore, that the Syrian dictator's thanks are meant to be taken ironically.
Note that in English you thank someone for doing something. • She thanked him for giving her a lift to the station.
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