[Marxism] Fwd: Putin shows his realism in Syria - Al Jazeera English

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 16 20:19:12 MDT 2015

I think that Anatol Lieven is terminally cynical but he does have a 
point here--namely that American spooks see the wisdom of what Russia is 
doing. However, it is dubious that the "moderate" (whatever that means) 
opposition is not a serious military force. Otherwise why would Russia 
be carrying out a "shock and awe" operation against it:

The US' inability to block Russia's new strategy is also because, in 
private, considerable parts of the security and intelligence communities 
in Washington and other Western capitals essentially agree with Russian 
analyses: that the moderate Syrian opposition is not developing as a 
serious military force.

Under these circumstances, to destroy the Syrian government and army 
would risk playing disastrously into the hands of ISIL and al-Qaeda. 
These analysts fully recognise the odious record of the Syrian state - 
but the concept of "our son of a b***h" is no more alien to the CIA than 
it is to the KGB.


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