[Marxism] Fwd: Syria: The Mother of all Battles for Aleppo is Joined | Informed Comment

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 5 07:13:17 MST 2016

(Juan Cole finally speaking some truth.)

On the other hand, given the massacres committed by the regime and its 
mass murder of POWs, and recent indiscriminate Russian air strikes on 
civilian areas, I just find it difficult to believe that it can be 
restored to power in any straightforward way. Russian President Vladimir 
Putin seems to have a Chechnya strategy in mind, with Bashar al-Assad 
playing Ramzan Kadyrov, the secular Chechen strong man ruling Chechnya 
as a comprador for Moscow after Putin crushed the Muslim fundamentalist 
second Chechen uprising in the early zeroes.
But Syria is bigger and more complex than Chechnya, and aside from 
al-Qaeda and perhaps some Gulf donors, outsiders recognized it as 
Russian province.

The Resistance could go underground and go on fighting, using covert 
tactics and terrorism, as happened in Sunni areas of Iraq during the 
prime ministership of Nouri al-Maliki.

The Fat Lady hasn’t sung yet, by a long shot.


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