[Marxism] The End of Taking the Syrian Revolution at Face Value

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 1 10:36:44 MST 2012


"The Syrian regime has lost its ability to govern Syria."

Considering that the regime just conducted a referendum with a relatively
high turnout (higher than typical elections in the United States), the claim
that it has "lost its ability to govern" seems dubious.

"In this atmosphere of continuous killing (overwhelmingly by the
regime),..."

Reasonable estimates would say that the ratio of deaths of anti-regime
fighters (and civilians) to regime defenders is of the order of 3 or 4 to 1
(see 
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/questioning-syrian-%E2%80%9Ccasualty-li
st%E2%80%9D for the best analysis I've seen). This is hardly a case of
"overwhelming force." For that, see the Israeli assaults on Lebanon and
Gaza, and the U.S. assaults on Iraq and Afghanistan. Indeed, the fact that
it has taken months for the Syrian government forces to retake Homs suggests
rather strongly that the rebels holding areas of Homs were rather well
armed, and that what has been going on was hardly some one-sided massacre.

Eli Stephens
 Left I on the News
 http://lefti.blogspot.com






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