[Marxism] Fwd: Interview: Lessons of the Syrian Revolution – International Socialism
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Sat Dec 17 07:07:31 MST 2016
I’m very optimistic, contrary to the general mood. The battle is hard.
But look, our revolution has been going for six years. What lessons have
those six years brought?
First, that we can revolt, that the regime cannot simply crush the
popular will, whatever it throws at it and whatever allies it finds.
Something is broken in the regime. Something has ended. If the Americans
and the Russians and the rest impose on us a situation where Bashar
al-Assad and his clan continue to reign, they will never again be able
to reign like before.
The regime survives with a so-called “loyalist” milieu, consisting of
over ten million people, almost half the population, still under its
control. And those people have a hatred, a real hatred, of that regime.
Their daily life is martyrdom. There are immense demonstrations against
the regime and the Assad family. There are great explosions ahead, and
this is where they will happen. Where the regime thinks it is most
stable is where it is the least so. The days when someone could rule the
Syrian people saying, “shut your mouths, I will do what I want”, are over.
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