[Marxism] Anti-imperialist fighter describes motivations

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 29 08:42:02 MST 2013

The regime generally recruit poor youth to join the shabiha, offering 
financial rewards to those who enlist.

For Walid, who has been using drugs and hashish since he was 17, this 
was the opportunity to lead the easy life. Now he would not need to work 
hard or steal money to be able to pay for his pills and cigarettes.

As he spoke, Um Walid begged her son to clean up and come home. She said 
he had stolen from her and from other families when he needed money for 
drugs during his youth.

Walid denied ever killing anyone since he joined the popular committees 
for which he has helped disperse demonstrations and detain protesters. 
He seemed unconcerned with their fate after handing them over to Syrian 

He was confident in the idea that he himself would never be detained, 
because the checkpoint he now mans is in a government-controlled area 
far from the front lines. His only goal is to keep getting his fix of 
hashish and pills, as well as his monthly shabiha salary of 20,000 
Syrian pounds [nearly $150].

full: http://beta.syriadeeply.org/2013/11/shabiha-visits-mother/

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