[Marxism] Fwd: The Israel-Russia ‘Axis of Resistance’: Its place in regional geopolitics | Syrian Revolution Commentary and Analysis

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Oct 13 15:15:41 MDT 2015

gradual Russian build-up went ahead in Syria, bolstering the regime of 
Bashar Assad, we saw US leaders claiming to have some concerns, while 
fundamentally welcoming Russia as a new “constructive” ally in the 
allegedly “anti-terrorist” coalition. US Defense Secretary, John Kerry, 
declared Russia was largely engaged in “self-protection” of its forces 
already there (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34329961).

On September 30, this turned into flagrant aggression with devastating 
Russian airstrikes launched against the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Homs, 
Hama, Idlib and Daraa – all major centres of the revolution, where there 
is no ISIS – killing dozens of civilians on the first day. In response, 
Kerry announced that “If Russia’s actions reflect a genuine commitment 
to defeat ISIL, we are prepared to welcome those efforts” 
(https://twitter.com/JohnKerry/status/649290920739926016), while issuing 
a joint statement with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, about their mutual 
interest in “fighting ISIS” and the need for US and Russian air forces 
to “deconflict.” The US would agree to the Russian bombing “with 

However, while the US position is hardly surprising to those of us 
closely watching Syria, some may have been more surprised by the even 
more emphatic welcome given to the Russian moves by Israel.


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