[Marxism] The geopolitics of the Syrian uprising/insurgency | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
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Wed Aug 15 08:13:53 MDT 2012
On 8/15/12 9:54 AM, Andrew Pollack wrote:
> So what's your gripe? And what does anything Michael wrote have to do with
> Pham Binh's article?
The ongoing issue seems to be the quandary of where the FSA is supposed
to get its weapons. Given the geopolitical realities, it is a foregone
conclusion that it will not be from the BRIC/Axis of
Good/Anti-imperialist/Former Soviet Union/Non-aligned countries/Che
Guevara Appreciation Society.
There is a touch of unreality about the position, best articulated by
John Rees, that the anti-Assad movement remain as pure as the driven
snow while facing jets, armored helicopters, tanks, etc.
I suppose that one can hypothesize a 1917 type revolution in which the
army turns against the ruling class (which has occurred to some extent)
but you are not dealing with a movement led by Lenin. In fact it is led
I think that the Rees article is meant more for domestic consumption in
the English-speaking left. Except for the unfortunate and frequently
ludicrous Angry Arab, there is little support for this posture. Just
check jadaliyya.com on a regular basis for confirmation of that.
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