[Marxism] Didn't Patrick Cockburn say the war in Syria was over?

Chris Slee chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 19 20:20:51 MDT 2017


Tristan quotes a passage from an unspecified source that includes  the following sentence:

" Yet, with every military success of coalitions in
which the FSA does not have a visible role, such as the takeover of
Idlib city, the image of moderate factions as a weakening force is
reinforced, making them less attractive to potential recruits".

This appears to be blaming the Free Syrian Army for not playing a "visible role" in the capture of Idlib city from the Assad regime in 2015.

The reason why the FSA did not have a "visible role" in the takeover of Idlib city by the Army of Conquest (a coalition including Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham) was that in 2014 the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, which identified as part of the FSA, was attacked and wiped out by the better armed and funded Jabhat al-Nusra.

Nusra imposed a tyrannical regime on the areas it ruled, including carrying out the forced conversion of the Druze in Idlib province to Sunni Islam.

These events confronted FSA groups in northern Syria with a choice.

They could survive as junior partners of the big Sunni-sectarian groups, and/or as agents of Turkey's war on Rojava.

Or they could link up with the Rojava revolutionaries and continue to fight for a non-sectarian democratic revolution.

Some of the survivors of the SRF chose the former course, others chose the latter.

Chris Slee
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Right, that is the case with nationalist jihadist militias that have
access to weapons. They still have to be fighting the same enemy.

It is also why FSA militias would fight along side Nusra. If an armed
group is making progress in fighting the regime and you sit it out, how
does that look to potential recruits? And has been a detriment to any
group accepting Western assistance:

"In the formation of strategic alliances, moderate armed groups face
restrictions due to their reliance on Western donors. As they cannot
formally participate in coalitions that include controversial groups
such as JAN, moderate armed groups have limited opportunities to
increase their military effectiveness through coordination with other
armed groups.[32] Yet, with every military success of coalitions in
which the FSA does not have a visible role, such as the takeover of
Idlib city, the image of moderate factions as a weakening force is
reinforced, making them less attractive to potential recruits."

Just trying to understand the makeup of the current offensive. I haven't
read any detailed reporting/surveys since 2016, and their content was
based on 2014/2015 I think.

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  Tristan Sloughter
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