[Marxism] As Nusra plays at ISIS-lite, the US excels as Assad’s airforce

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 18:52:05 MST 2014


As Nusra plays at ISIS-lite, the US excels as Assad’s airforce

November 8, 2014

By Michael Karadjis


 The defeat of and expulsion from much of Idlib province of the Syrian 
Revolutionaries Front (SRF), a component of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), 
by Jabhat al-Nusra (JaN) has led to vastly different responses among 
supporters of the Syrian revolution. This article will argue that it is 
an important setback for the Syrian revolution, though how significant 
remains to be seen as facts are unclouded.

 Meanwhile, the subsequent US bombing of JaN in regions of northern 
Idlib not affected by the fighting, and the extension of US bombing to 
Ahrar al-Sham, a component of the Islamic Front (IF), which had opposed 
the in-fighting and had tried to separate the sides, further indicates 
the reactionary nature of the US intervention (indeed, as I will argue 
below, the US bombing was part of the background to JaN’s aggressive 
moves), while also highlighting again the long-term US strategy of 
trying to incite civil war within the ranks of the anti-Assad forces to 
bring about mutual suicide. However, the US push has been attempting to 
cajole the FSA into launching such a war, a push that has been entirely 
unsuccessful, whereas instead it is JaN that is, unwittingly, carrying 
out this strategy.

 Meanwhile, this open US attack on non-ISIS and even non-JaN forces, 
along with the fact that regime warplanes have been attacking rebel 
positions in Idlib (eg Binnish) at the same time that US warplanes 
bombed northern Idib towns, only further underlines the fact that the US 
has intervened in Syria on the side of the Assad genocide-regime and 
against the revolution, as the latter coordinates with the US and steps 
up its own war on its people to simply incredible heights


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