[Marxism] Geneva Conference

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Sat May 25 14:40:46 MDT 2013


Cockburn has a rather confused view of things if that is Cockburn you are
quoting:

Five distinct conflicts have become tangled together in Syria: a popular
> uprising against a dictatorship which is also a sectarian battle between
> Sunnis and the Alawite sect


so he is equating the popular uprising against a fascist dictatorship with
(is also) a sectarian battle. His methodology is eclectic and confused and
designed to support predetermined conclusions.

A proper M-L approach requires more than listing all the conflicts that
have "become tangled together" in a given historical situation, it
requires, first and foremost, identifying the main conflict in the given
situation and understanding how the many and often indistinct conflicts,
that are bound to surround any real situation involving people and nations,
relate to this main conflict.

The main conflict in Syria is and has been from the beginning of the Syrian
uprising in 2011 between the people and the regime. This is quite distinct
from Alawite/Sunnis differences first used by the French and then the
Assads to rule Syria.

Naturally, as a result of the development of the main conflict or
contradiction, the Alawite/Sunni contradiction has been intensified and
emphasised especially by the regime and its supporters who always tried to
cultivate Alawite/Shiite support for the regime, even with false flag
attacks, and in general try to make the argument that Cockburn is making
here, namely that the popular uprising against the dictatorship is really a
sectarian conflict, .i.e. they don't like Assad because he's not Sunni.

On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 9:44 PM, Carl G. Estabrook <galliher at illinois.edu>wrote:

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> http://www.lrb.co.uk/2013/05/23/patrick-cockburn/is-it-the-end-of-sykes-picot
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> ...Fear of widespread disorder and instability is pushing the US, Russia,
> Iran and others to talk of a diplomatic solution to the conflict. Some sort
> of peace conference may take place in Geneva over the next month, with the
> aim at least of stopping things getting worse. But while there is an
> appetite for diplomacy, nobody knows what a solution would look like. It’s
> hard to imagine a real agreement being reached when there are so many
> players with conflicting interests. Five distinct conflicts have become
> tangled together in Syria: a popular uprising against a dictatorship which
> is also a sectarian battle between Sunnis and the Alawite sect; a regional
> struggle between Shia and Sunni which is also a decades-old conflict
> between an Iranian-led grouping and Iran’s traditional enemies, notably the
> US and Saudi Arabia. Finally, at another level, there is a reborn Cold War
> confrontation: Russia and China v. the West. The conflict is full of
> unexpected and absurd contradictions, such as a purportedly democratic and
> secular Syrian opposition being funded by the absolute monarchies of the
> Gulf who are also fundamentalist Sunnis.
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