[Marxism] Syrian regime assault has backfired
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Wed Mar 14 06:55:37 MDT 2012
Socialist Worker 2294, 17 March 2012
Syrian regime assault has backfired
by Simon Assaf
Mutinies and defections in the Syrian army have grown since last week’s
murderous assault on Homs—considered to be the capital of the revolution.
Hundreds of soldiers and officers have pledged to defend demonstrations
and neighbourhoods from security forces and pro‑regime militias.
All this comes as the regime launches a new offensive on rebel
heartlands across the country.
The West is still desperate to hijack the revolution—but victories are
being won by the rebels.
Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, is slipping out of regime control. The
daily demonstrations by students at the University of Aleppo have spread
to middle class neighbourhoods and working class suburbs of the
The attack on Homs has reignited demonstrations in the mainly Kurdish
regions along Syria’s border with Turkey, as well as strikes in the
These protests are becoming bolder and more frequent.
Hundreds of civilians are believed to have been killed in Homs during
the “cleansing operation” following the assault on the Baba Amr
Among the victims are Palestinian families who were taking refuge there.
It is difficult to measure the size and effectiveness of the disparate
groups of soldiers who make up the Free Syrian Army, but they are
growing in number.
More and more reports are emerging of troops walking away from battles
or turning their guns on their officers.
In scores of videos posted on YouTube, officers and soldiers pledge to
defend civilians and protect the unity of the country against sectarian
The gamble taken by the regime when it decided to destroy Baba Amr
appears to have backfired.
The popular revolution in Syria has deepened—and the regime is becoming
more desperate, more violent and more iso
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