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

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 9 18:52:25 MDT 2016


Let's not forget the indirect aid of Israel. It could have sent troops to
the Syrian border with the occupied Golan Heights which would have forced
Assad to respond to the threat by pulling tens of thousands of his troops
away from fighting the rebels.


On Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 7:54 PM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

>
> 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)
>
> Arguable:
> - 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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