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