[Marxism] A guide for the perplexed on Syria | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Sep 16 12:45:51 MDT 2013

 From the very beginning my interest in Syria has been focused on what 
was taking place inside the country rather than on the Great Game that 
absorbed Robert Fisk, Patrick Cockburn and Pepe Escobar. If your point 
of departure is that there is some kind of global chess game in which a 
pawn might have to be sacrificed for the sake of a checkmate, then 
naturally you will be willing to see Bashar al-Assad’s enemies 
vanquished no matter the justice of their cause. One supposes that in 
order to avoid the cognitive dissonance associated with an approach more 
Metternich than Marx, the global chess game left tended to avoid reading 
or mentioning any literature that put the rebels in a favorable light. 
Instead, every single misstep was seized upon to make it seem that they 
were a Taliban-like threat to a secular and progressive regime even 
though with somewhat naughty authoritarian tendencies.

I am sure that those who continue in this vein will have little use for 
the material outlined below, all of which is available online, but for 
those sitting on the fence or simply curious this might prove useful:

full: http://louisproyect.org/2013/09/16/a-guide-for-the-perplexed-on-syria/

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