[Marxism] "There Is No Time for Hesitation": Reflections From the Free Syrian Army | Wendy Pearlman

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 4 18:26:07 MDT 2013

"There Is No Time for Hesitation": Reflections From the Free Syrian Army

The war in Syria has left more than 100,000 dead, one-fifth of the 
population forcibly displaced, and untold numbers tortured in prison. As 
a part of a larger project interviewing Syrian refugees in Jordan and 
Turkey, I carried out the following interview with an army colonel who 
defected to the Free Syrian Army fighting President Bashar al-Assad. I 
spoke with him on August 11, 2013, ten days before the chemical weapons 
attack that killed nearly 1,500 men, women, and children in the suburbs 
of Damascus. This officer's words have now been superseded by the debate 
on a possible U.S. strike on Syria. Nonetheless, they remind us that the 
past two and a half years have never lacked opportunities for meaningful 
international intervention to stop the Assad regime and end the 
suffering and destruction in Syria. We should not allow yet another 
opportunity to be missed. The longer the conflict continues, the more 
innocents who will die and the graver the threat to the stable, 
tolerant, and free Syria for which the uprising was launched.


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