[Marxism] Fwd: Syria Analysis: The Dangerous Misunderstanding of “Al Qa’eda” | EA WorldView

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 9 06:38:37 MDT 2016

This makes it plain just how arbitrary the West’s categorisations are. 
For now, whatever label the US and analysts put on Nusra, the rebels 
need it as a battlefield ally, and any distinction between “moderate” 
and “extremist” is a political imposition. The US could belatedly 
recognise the folly of its artificial labels and establish lines of 
co-operation with the groups inside Syria, or it can continue to obsess 
over “al-Qaeda in Syria” without considering the situation on the ground.

If it chooses the latter, it will implicitly give way to the 
Russian-Assad-Iran-Hezbollah alliance’s attempt to bomb, besiege, and 
starve the opposition and rebels into submission – all in the name of 

And as the recent events in and near Aleppo have shown, in doing so it 
accepts the risk of being shoved aside. Giving up on any support from 
the US, the opposition and rebels will work with Nusra not only to 
survive, but continue their challenge to the Assad regime.


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