[Marxism] Fwd: Syria: The 21st-Century Disaster | Open Source with Christopher Lydon

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 1 13:44:31 MDT 2016

Syria may be the essential 21st-century mess.

Our guests, Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami have just published 
Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, a new people’s history 
of the civil war. They tell us that beneath a web of thorny conflicts — 
Sunni powers against Iran, Obama against Putin, interventionists against 
isolationists — the central story was quickly lost: a democratic 
uprising, against scarcity, corruption, and oppression, met with a 
scorched-earth crackdown by Bashar al-Assad’s regime, determined to 
retain power.

No matter how you look at this conflict that has displaced 10 million 
Syrians and taken hundreds of thousands of lives, there are grave 
regrets: the creation of ISIS, the reverberations of the Iraq war, 
American vacillation and meddling, and roads to peace not travelled (or 
even considered).

What might have been done, what might yet happen, and what is the lesson 
for the Middle East, the next president and the global community?

Guest List

Robin Yassin-Kassab
blogger, journalist co-author of Burning Country, and novelist of The 
Road From Damascus.

Leila Al-Shami
human rights activist and co-author of Burning Country.
Hugh Roberts
professor of North African and Middle Eastern history at Tufts 
University, and essayist for The London Review of Books.

Jeffrey Sachs
development economist, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia 
University, and author most recently of To Move the World: JFK's Quest 
for Peace.

full: http://radioopensource.org/syria-the-21st-century-disaster/#

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