[Marxism] The geopolitics of the Syrian uprising/insurgency | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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 
by nobody.

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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