[Marxism] Fwd: The hypocrisy of “Anti-Imperialist” support of Russian intervention in Syria | NOTA

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Oct 6 19:28:37 MDT 2015

Sorry for the dropped text...

The already bloody conflict in Syria has now become more awkward, 
complicated and horrific. Since September 30th Russia has stepped up its 
intervention in Syria and has begun airstrikes, in what it claims are 
operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) and other forces of 
“International Terrorism”. In reality these bombings are more about 
embarrassing President Obama and bolstering the Assad regime whilst 
maintaining a Russian sphere of influence in the Middle East than 
fighting ISIS. For instance, there have been reports of bombings hitting 
US backed rebels as well as  hitting other non-ISIS rebel groups like 
Jaysh al-Fatah and Jabhat al-Nusra, whilst there has only been a few 
token strikes at ISIS held areas. This graphic better illustrates the 
point that most of the airstrikes on October 3rd were focused in the 
north-west of the country where the more moderate rebels are 
based,whilst almost none hit ISIS controlled area to the East of the 

There is a section of people who’s view of Russia’s intervention in 
Syria ranges from apathy to even support in some cases. They are the 
“anti imperialist” left. What I mean by “anti-imperialists” in quotes 
are those designated to be on the “radical left” (I’m being generous by 
calling them radicals) who claim to be against interventionism, 
imperialism and oppression but in fact are very inconsistent or confused 
in applying these principles. In other words if it’s The United States 
that’s doing the intervention then expect strong condemnations from 
these people but if it’s another power doing the intervention then you 
can’t always be certain you will hear anything at all.


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