[Marxism] Dubious wisdom: Assad's waiting game - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 29 08:51:51 MST 2013

By Robin Yassin-Kassab

For now, Bashar may be winning, but not due to his own strength or 
popularity, and least of all to his wisdom. For his good fortune he 
should thank the hard work or failures of other actors: the solid 
support of Russia and Iran (the latter organising his military 
fight-back); the West's silent complicity; the incompetence of 
opposition political elites; the growth of Salafism and the consequent 
fears in minority communities. If, and when, he does finally conquer the 
revolution (still an unlikely prospect), it will be a pyrrhic victory 
for two reasons. First, the monopoly of power and violence established 
by his father has been irretrievably lost. From now on the regime will 
be in hock to the foreign powers and domestic sub-state militias which 
have rescued it. Second, with the economy, infrastructure and social 
cohesion of the country entirely destroyed, there will be nothing left 
to loot.


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