[Marxism] A list of Assad's "anti-imperialist" allies

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Oct 9 17:54:32 MDT 2016

Posted to FB by Omar Sabbour

- US-backed Iraqi occupation regime set up by the 2003 US invasion
- US-backed Egyptian regime of Abdul Fatah al-Sisi
- US-backed Afghanistan (post-US invasion) regime
- US-backed Pakistani regime
- US-backed Palestinian Authority/Fatah led by Mahmoud Abbas
- US-backed deposed dictator of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh
- Major elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), whose spokesman 
once said "Assad was welcome" to liberate territories from ISIS: 
including the YPG (Assad collaborators) and Jaish al-Sanadeed (outright 
Assad loyalists)
- Algerian regime
and effectively
- US backed-Lebanese state (controlled by Hezbollah)

- United Arab Emirates - whilst officially following the Saudi line 
against the regime, it sold jet fuel to the Assad regime in 
contravention of sanctions, has declared almost every rebel faction as 
an extremist group, has declared support for Russia's current operation 
and has hosted Assad family members including Assad's mother - who 
reportedly influenced Assad's to go along the "security option" pursued 
in 2011 against protesters.

- Jordan - continues to officially recognise the Syrian regime. 
Resembles the closest application of the double-dealing US policy 
towards Syria and the rebellion, sometimes allowing its territory to 
serve as a conduit for weapons to the rebels, whilst more often 
blockading the supply of such weaponry. Its natural sympathies are much 
more pro-regime than pro-rebellion, though it is influenced by pressure 
by regional allies such as Saudi Arabia. Ultimately however it pretty 
much exactly follows the US line - that is calling for Assad's 
resignation as the head of the regime through "diplomacy", without 
allowing a "military solution" in lieu of this against the regime.

* It must be kept in mind here the extremely volatile context in which 
Arab states operated in 2011. Governments such as Jordan had been on the 
brink of being dragged into the upheavals, were it not for wise and 
shrewd measures to placate popular demands, such as allowing political 
parties room to enter elections and parliaments (or bribing citizenry in 
the case of the Gulf states) and declaring support for Arab Spring 
protests against uncooperative now-pariah regimes elsewhere. For worried 
Arab governments breaking off ties with the Assad regime, the only 
"non-resignation" of the Arab Spring by late 2011 was not even a 
question at this point. As would later become clear however, governments 
merely downplayed their relations with the Assad regime during the stage 
of revolutionary volatility (roughly 2011-13); after this stage and with 
the increasing success of the counter-revolutions and depressed hopes of 
the masses in the revolution, statements affirming that ties with the 
regime continued - and indeed were never cut - were re-declared, such as 
by the Egyptian and Jordanian regimes.

Thus, whilst it would've been unthinkable for the post-Mubarak Egyptian 
military government of SCAF to declare support for Assad or oppose votes 
against it in the Arab league, today with the pacification of the 
revolutionary fervour in Egypt Egypt's regime is unabashed in declaring 
such support - including even providing weapons to the Assad regime - 
and voting against measures targeting the Syrian regime in such forums 
as the UN.

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