[Marxism] Hezbollah: US Not in Favour of Destabilizing Syrian Gov’t

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 10 15:44:13 MST 2014

On 11/10/14 5:37 PM, Marv Gandall wrote:
> I take it there’s no implication here that the predominantly Islamist forces leading the Syrian insurgency are - if you wish to put it in these terms - the “moral equivalent” of the Sandinistas who overthrew the Somoza dictatorship.

In fact one of the primary social bases of the FSLN were small ranchers 
who had zero interest in socialism. They were tired of living under a 
dictatorship that favored the big landowners that were part of the 
Somoza kleptocracy.

Even if you don't agree with my analysis of the class forces arrayed 
against Somoza, the similarity between the Syrian big bourgeoisie and 
the Somoza machine is striking. Whether people yell out "venceremos" or 
"Alluah Akbar", a large part of what drives them to risk their lives in 
battle is a feeling that life under the old system is impossible.

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