[Marxism] Fwd: Tie-wearing fascists: Western elites do business with Assad

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Dec 8 16:16:27 MST 2016

Assad and his wife have a remarkably similar background to many elite 
figures in the West. Like Libya's Gaddafi dynasty, the House of Assad 
has strong connections to the United Kingdom. Bashar was studying 
ophthalmology in London when his brother Bassel dashed his chances of 
becoming president by smashing his Mercedes into a roundabout at 80mph.
His wife, Asma, is British-Syrian, went to a private school, studied at 
King’s College, London and spent time working as a banker before 
becoming First Lady. The regime has sought to capitalise on Asma and 
build up an image for her as a sort of Syrian Princess Diana, including 
through her involvement in charity work. Her philanthropy, alas, does 
not extend to asking her husband to stop gassing Syria's civilians.

Even the regime's poisonous propagandist, Bouthaina Shaaban, was 
educated at the University of Warwick, and the language she uses in 
interviews with western media outlets suggests the extent to which she 
understands western liberals and how to appeal to their values; Assad 
means stability, secularism, safety from the massed forces of jihad. For 
this, Syria must burn, but the ends justify the means.

It is, of course, nonsense. The idea that Assad can be portrayed as a 
force for stability when he barely governs his disintegrating country, 
when he relies on foreign militias, jihadists and sectarian fanatics to 
provide his ground troops and Russia to provide most of his air power, 
is absurd.

Assad as the last bulwark of civilisation against terrorism is a 
laughable idea, given it is widely known that the government flooded the 
country with jihadists to swallow up the revolution, and that his regime 
appears to have extensive links with IS.
For some people, Assad's actions since 2011 haven't been enough to put 
them off. The extermination of half a million people aside, Bashar's 
just like us, right? It might not be completely delusional, after all.


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