[Marxism] Wallerstein: why al-Assad remains in power
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Fri Feb 17 07:46:04 MST 2012
"The Syrian Impasse"
By Immanuel Wallerstein
Friday, February 17, 2012
Bachar al-Assad has risen to the heights of being one of the least
popular men in the world. He is denounced as a tyrant, indeed a
very bloody tyrant, by almost everyone. Even those governments
that refuse to denounce him seem to be counseling him to curb his
repressive ways and to make some sort of political concessions to
his internal opponents.
So, how is it that he ignores all this advice and proceeds to
continue to use maximum force to continue political control of
Syria? Why is there no outside intervention to force his removal
from office? To answer these questions, let us start with
assessing his strengths. To start with, he has a reasonably strong
army, and up to now, with a few exceptions, the army and other
structures of force in the country have stayed loyal to the
regime. Secondly, he still seems to command the support of at
least half of the population in what is increasingly being
described as a civil war.
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