[Marxism] Palestinian Observer's Take on Syria

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 9 11:26:17 MDT 2012

On 8/9/12 12:50 PM, Paul Flewers wrote:

> Here's a link to an interesting piece on Syria by a Palestinian observer,
> against both Assad and outside interference, looking particularly at the
> contradictions of US policy towards Syria, and suggesting that the USA's
> and Saudi Arabia's plans for Syria are to some degree antagonistic <
> http://www.opendemocracy.net/issa-khalaf/unmaking-of-syria >.

 From the article:

"The litmus test of good intentions would be to stop its Gulf clients 
from arming the rebels, cooperate with the Russians in bringing all 
sides to the table for a negotiated solution including a transition to 
the kind of political system that the Syrian people choose.  Despite the 
enormous difficulty of pinning down Syrian realities, the most 
principled position for a disoriented Washington, and that causes least 
harm, is to de-militarize the conflict and thus end the violence, 
sponsor a national dialogue between opposition and government, and 
oversee, with Russia and through the UN, a peaceful transition of power. 
  The end of the Ba’ath regime should occur without armed violence and 
interference from any quarter.  Any political reforms acceptable to the 
Syrian people should be acceptable to Washington."

This call for a "negotiated settlement" and a "national dialogue" is 
absurd. It is based on the notion that the conflict is rooted in Saudi 
Arabia's plot to remove or reduce Shia influence in the Middle East, 
with the opposition to Assad functioning like pawns in a geopolitical game.

This, of course, is what to expect from Opendemocracy.org, a website 
that used to feature Fred Halliday and other "experts" on Islamic 
challenges to peace and stability.

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