[Marxism] Ex-army men set Free Syrian Army -- Next? Demand NATO "save" them?

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 26 10:14:30 MDT 2011


On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM, DW <dwaltersmia at gmail.com> wrote:

>> Either these folks have read Trotsky and Cannon on defensive
>> formulations, or material conditions dictate the self-defense tactic,
>> which is perhaps why it is almost universally applicable.
>>
>
> Yeah, well, perhaps. "Defensive formulations"  are fine for rhetorical
> propaganda and agitation in a capitalist democracy but it's a sure way to
> lose a military fight. Any defensive *position* will always be defeated by a
> better armed more mobile force on the *offensive*. See Argentina army in the
> Malvinas, See the Austrian Social-Democracy in 1934 Vienna.
>
> David


I would agree with you except for the fact that this is not a strictly
military situation. From what I have been reading there still appears
to be a strong non-violent mass movement, with demonstrations and
such. In fact, the original article which Fred posted makes that point
explicitly.

Greg




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