[Marxism] A major source of FSA weaponry

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 20 21:04:37 MDT 2012

On 9/20/12 11:14 AM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/syrias-dark-horses-with-lathes-makeshift-arms-production-in-aleppo-governorate-part-i/

 From part 2:

What the Weapons Say

Mr. Turki is hardly the only man who has organized the manufacture of 
such weapons, and Tal Rifaat is not the only locale where they are made 
either. There are many examples. A recently posted video shows another 
fighting group with a five-rail improvised rocket launcher (though only 
four rockets were fired in this sequence). And there is this video of a 
larger rocket on a single rail. Or this weapon, apparently roughly 
modeled after a recoilless gun. Or this of a modular zip gun that can 
fire, albeit slowly, and with nothing that could be described as aiming, 
various rifle and pistol rounds, or a shotgun shell.

Now look beyond these battlefield curiosities for what they are really 
trying to tell you. This trade is important for many reasons. Having 
fielded arms that borrow from the work of Palestinians, Iraqis, Libyans 
or Lebanese fighters for Hezbollah, it suggests the busy 
cross-pollination of Middle Eastern insurgencies and uprisings. But this 
martial craftsmanship also speaks to something larger than regional 
tides. An important element is local and national. When tradesmen and 
businessmen organize to the degree that Syrian antigovernment fighters 
have organized, they indicate the depth of popular anger and the extent 
of a population’s commitment to the fighters’ cause.


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