[Marxism] What is to be done about Syria?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 26 12:13:23 MST 2015

By Idrees Ahmad

This has induced some to reconsider their former antagonisms. A 
gathering din of approval is converging around Russian and Iranian 
proposals for an anti-terror alliance with Assad against ISIS. The logic 
was best articulated by former French Foreign Minister Hubert Védrine 
who, even before the Paris attacks, justified the rapprochement to a 
radio audience: “Let’s not forget that in the fight against Hitler, we 
had to ally with Stalin, who killed more people than Hitler.”

This logic—which strains to convey the impression of hard-nosed 
realism—is dubious in fact and myopic in its counsels. By misdiagnosing 
the problem, it prescribes a medicine that will only inflame the fever.


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