[Marxism] The role of US Imperialism in Syria and the Left's Dilemma

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Sun Sep 28 22:24:22 MDT 2014

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      The role of US Imperialism in Syria and the Left's Dilemma

> US President Barack Obama's air war in Syria has been a long time in 
> the making. I wrote about it more than 18 months ago in a blog post 
> titled *Obama planning drone strikes against Assad's opposition in 
> Syria*, 16 March 2013. I reported then 
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/03/obama-planning-drone-strikes-against.html>:
>     From the LA Times today
>     <http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-cia-syria-20130316,0,3989647.story>
>     we have breaking news that the Obama Administration is presently
>     in the planning stages for direct US armed intervention into the
>     Syrian civil war. The plan will be to intervene on the side of
>     Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with a series of armed drone
>     strikes against his opposition.
>     ...
>     While drone strikes against Islamist militants fighting Assad may
>     be taken in the name of saving US lives in some hypothetical
>     future, they won't save any Syrian lives now or hinder Assad's
>     massive /"Death from Above"/ campaign against Syrian civilians.
>     Actually, since al-Nustra has been most effective in relieving
>     Assad of bases for his air operations and is attempting to
>     implement a /"no-fly zone"/ over Syria, any Obama attack against
>     al-Nusra would certainly be most welcomed by the embattled Assad
>     regime.
> Now those strikes have come, the danger to US lives has been declared 
> /"imminent,"/ and not just drones are being used, but the whole range 
> of the US air arsenal is being employed. I was banned from blogging 
> <http://notthesingularity.com/455/clay-claiborne-banned-from-daily-kos-for-speaking-truth-about-syria/> 
> at the Daily Kos <http://www.dailykos.com/blog/clay%20claiborne> for 
> talk like that, but as I predicted, these strikes are against Assad's 
> opposition, have not interfered with his own air campaign of bombing 
> hospitals, schools and breadlines, and have been most heartily 
> welcomed by the regime.
> The same day Obama killed 50 al Nusra militants 
> <http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Sep-23/271641-eight-civilians-30-fighters-killed-in-us-led-strikes-on-nusra-front-in-syria-activists.ashx#ixzz3E8z2uYK4e> 
> and 27 civilians 
> <https://www.facebook.com/RadioFreeSyria/posts/706573779427832>, 
> including at least 6 children and 4 women, Assad continued his own 
> devastating air campaign against those seeking to end his 42 year old 
> dictatorship, and this US intervention was most welcomed by the Assad 
> regime. The *New York Times* reported 
> <http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/world/middleeast/clashing-goals-in-syria-strikes-put-us-in-fix.html?_r=0>:
>     A Syrian diplomat crowed to a pro-government newspaper that /“the
>     U.S. military leadership is now fighting in the same trenches with
>     the Syrian generals, in a war on terrorism inside Syria.”/ And in
>     New York, the new Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, said in
>     an interview that he had delivered a private message to Mr. Assad
>     on behalf of Washington, reassuring him that the Syrian government
>     was not the target of American-led air strikes.
>     ...
>     /“Of course coordination exists,”/ said a pro-government Syrian
>     journalist speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of
>     retribution, who had criticized the prospect of the strikes but
>     turned practically jubilant once they began. /“How else do you
>     explain the strikes on Nusra?”/
> Ali Haidar, Assad's minister for national reconciliation, told 
> <http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/24/us-syria-crisis-minister-idUSKCN0HJ19S20140924> 
> *Reuters* on Wednesday:
>     /"As for the raids in Syria, I say that what has happened so far
>     is proceeding in the right direction in terms of informing the
>     Syrian government and by not targeting Syrian military
>     installations and not targeting civilians,"/ he said.
>     /"Notification of the Syrian government happened,"/ he said.
>     /"Confirmation that they would not target Syrian military
>     installations, and confirmation they would not target civilians
>     happened."/
> Targeting civilians is what the Assad regime does best, and having 
> been assured by Obama that US warplanes were not entering Syrian air 
> space to interference with that, Assad has felt free to continue his 
> own campaign of /"Death from Above."/ *Reuters* reported on Friday 
> <http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/09/26/uk-mideast-crisis-oil-raids-idUKKCN0HL0D220140926>
>     Assad steps up bombing as West strikes militants in Syria
>     U.S.-led forces hit Islamic State bases in eastern Syria on Friday
>     and a monitoring group said the Syrian army had intensified its
>     bombing campaign in the west. More...
>     <http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/09/26/uk-mideast-crisis-oil-raids-idUKKCN0HL0D220140926>
> From *Syrian Observatory for Human Rights 
> <https://www.facebook.com/syriahroe>* we get a more detailed look at 
> what Assad's air force has been free to do as it shares its air space 
> with the US allies. By the numbers:

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