[Marxism] Fwd: The 'Palestinisation' of the Syrian people - Al Jazeera English

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 17 11:23:34 MST 2016

By Robin Yassin-Kassab

Assad lost the war he provoked. By September 2015, when the Russian 
bombing started, his depleted army held less than a fifth of the country.

He calculated correctly, however, that powerful friends would come to 
his aid. When Russia arrived it employed the usual excuse - the "war on 
terror", in this case on ISIL, also known as ISIS - but less than 20 
percent of its bombs fell anywhere near ISIL. Instead, its planes 
focused relentlessly on eviscerating the Free Syrian Army, as well as 
the civilian infrastructure in liberated areas. They burned schools, 
hospitals and markets. They dropped cluster munitions, incendiary bombs 
and bunker busters - banned in civilian areas - on residential blocks. 
These, too, are war crimes.


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