[Marxism] After the fall of East Aleppo

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Dec 8 06:06:07 MST 2016

Privately, Lavrov, like Pyrrhus before him, fears what victory looks 
like. What does “inhabited Syria”, the phrase I used earlier, actually 
mean, when victory has been declared? A pile of rubble, one ruined city 
after another, whose citizens will be totally dependent on aid for years 
to come?

To support the areas their bombers have destroyed, Russia will have to 
start putting hospitals and doctors on the ground, which they have 
already started doing in east Aleppo. These, in turn, will require 
protection, Russian boots on the ground who will then become targets for 
rebel attacks. Air power is no use in a guerilla urban war.

Think of how long the Taliban have survived the might of US and allied 
air power. For, with the fall of Aleppo, the tables will turn once 
again, as they did when Russia entered the war. Rebel forces will no 
longer be protecting areas from the assault of pro-Assad militias. They 
will instead mount classic guerilla hit-and-run attacks on areas under 
government control. Assad does not have the capacity to provide the 
physical protection conquered areas need.

full: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/when-aleppo-falls-822497804

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