[Marxism] Fwd: Disaster Islamism | Salvage

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Feb 20 10:37:07 MST 2017

To begin with, the model Syrian uprising → Islamist militias → ISIS is 
false. It is true that after five years of unconscionable slaughter and 
abandonment, Syrian opposition politics has come to be dominated by a 
form of Sunni Islamo-nationalism. The softer form of this trend is found 
in parts of the (still extant) Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigades, its hard 
sectarian Jihadi variant in Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (the former Al-Qa’ida 
affiliate known previously as Jabhat Al-Nusra) with Ahrar al-Sham, the 
main militia in Northern Syria, occupying a continuum in between. This 
trend is, to say the least, deeply worrying for the future of any 
revival of the hopes of the Syrian revolution[*]. Besieged and bombed by 
not one but two imperial powers; assassinated by militias largely 
recruited from the non-Sunni minorities; abandoned and slandered by the 
external Left for their inconvenient uprising against a self-proclaimed 
‘resistance’ regime – in this context the turn towards Sunni identity 
politics amongst the Syrian populace is a tragedy. It is not a surprise.

ISIS is not, however, the inevitable outcome of that politics. The 
organisation’s exterminationist Sunni chauvinism against religious 
minorities, such as the Alawites from whom the core of the Syrian 
Ba’athist security apparatus are drawn, is undeniable. But in word, 
thought and deed ISIS has always considered its foremost enemy 
‘apostasy’ (the revolution, the FSA and the anti-Assad opposition more 
generally) rather than ‘unbelief’ (the Assad regime).

full: http://salvage.zone/in-print/disaster-islamism/

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