[Marxism] Fwd: Syria, Chechnya, and the jihadist gambit | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Apr 6 17:59:57 MDT 2015

For the longest time now I’ve been making the point that Bashar al-Assad 
seems to have adopted Putin’s scorched earth military/political strategy 
in Chechnya. After reading the introduction to Jonathan Littell’s 
“Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising”, a new Verso book (good for 
them), I’ve discovered that there’s more there than just the 
near-genocidal blitzkrieg aspect. Remember how Bashar al-Assad released 
the jihadists from prison who would go on to provide the shock troops 
for ISIS? Well, it turns out that this was a gambit used in Chechnya as 


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