[Marxism] Fwd: Syria And The Antiwar Movement | Countercurrents

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jan 24 06:27:08 MST 2017

Like all civil wars, it is hard to obtain accurate information about the 
Syrian civil war. However, the facts do show that: (1) the primary 
battle in Syria is between the regime and the rebellion; other actors, 
notablyISIS are responsible for only a small fraction of the deaths in 
Syria, and (2) although both the Assad regime and the rebellion receive 
foreign support, the battle between them is asymmetric; the Assad regime 
has all the apparatus of state power on its side – a centralized army, 
planes and artillery – and has benefited from direct intervention by its 
allies, primarily Russia and Iran. One key illustration of the asymmetry 
is air power which is used exclusively bythe Assad regime and its 
allies, and is responsible for a large part of the destruction. It is 
noteworthy that air power is responsible not only for direct civilian 
deaths, but also indirect ones through, for instance the systematic 
destruction of hospitals.

Therefore, it is safe to conclude that although there are atrocities 
committed by both sides, the Assad regime is responsible for the vast 
majority of civilian deaths and displacement. According to the Syrian 
Network for Human Rights, the regime is responsible for over 90% of 
civilian deaths, whereas ISIS is responsible for less than 1.5% of the 
civilian deaths.


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