[Marxism] Revolutionary Left Current in Syria

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 17 08:24:11 MST 2014

On 1/17/14 10:03 AM, Ron Jacobs wrote:
> Not certain who this represents, but it's slightly hopeful...and will never
> be intentionally supported by Washington
> http://syriafreedomforever.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/the-enemies-of-the-popular-revolution-the-dictatorial-regime-and-the-counter-revolutionary-reactionary-force/

If there's one thing positive that can come out of this terrible tragedy 
in Syria as well as the disappointments in the rest of the region, it is 
the connections being made between Arab and North African leftists, many 
of who are anarchists of the best kind, and leftists in the imperial 

The Middle East and North Africa will never be the same. Just 10 minutes 
ago I read this item in the latest Harper's:

Now You Sisi
By Ahmed Ould Meiloud

 From a video of senior Egyptian army officers at a meeting held by 
General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, leaked last October by the Islamist 
website Rassd News Network; the meeting is thought to have occurred 
around the time of the December 2012 constitutional referendum, seven 
months before the coup that deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Omar is an 
officer identified only by his first name. El-Sisi, then minister of 
defense, was appointed first deputy prime minister last August. 
Translated from the Arabic by Ahmed Ould Meiloud.

OMAR: You know the armed forces in any country are the main pillar of 
national security.


OMAR: In any one of these countries there exist red lines protecting 
this entity from the media.

SISI: True!

OMAR: We have enjoyed these protections for the past fifty years. The 
situation was stable. But because of the revolution, and as a result of 
the chaos, these lines unfortunately got blurred. The people became 
emboldened and the media became especially brazen in its attacks on us, 
on the ground that we got involved in the political process. Now that we 
have stepped out of politics and come back to our barracks, we need Your 
Excellency to reemphasize these red lines in a more advanced fashion — 
in a way different from under the old regime. I don’t think we can now 
prevent anyone from talking. We need a new method to deal with the media 
or to bring it to our side, defining new red lines on a respectable and 
pragmatic basis. In my view, the media in Egypt is all dominated by 
twenty to twenty-five individuals. We can establish with these 
individuals some sort of dialogue or negotiation in a way that allows us 
to entice or intimidate them.

SISI: I know the entice part, but you need to explain to me how to 

OMAR: It is important for most of these people to be cooperative with 
the armed forces or to meet with the spokesperson of the armed forces. 
At the same time, waving the red card indicates to these people, even if 
they don’t fully cooperate, there is some pressure, thus forcing them to 
exercise self-censorship. We need a team to work with these people in 
secret on an individual basis. When these people are meeting together 
their language becomes markedly different from their language “behind 
closed doors,” as the saying goes. Even if we bring to our side only ten 
or twenty percent of them, that will be of great assistance to us. A 
million posters on the streets saying “The army and the people act like 
one hand” cannot compete with the message that a headline or an article 
in a newspaper could effectively convey.

SISI: Omar, the situation that the revolution created has broken all the 
restraints with respect not only to the army but to the entire state 
apparatus. The country has been dismantled, and it is being reassembled 
afresh. You live this situation and you will see its impact on you. You 
will not be able to contain it fully and go back to the way you used to 
live, the state where no one would ever mention your name.

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