[Marxism] The truth about Syria

Michael Yates MIKEDJYATES at msn.com
Sat Sep 2 12:50:24 MDT 2017

This Facebook post is stated with remarkable clarity. Geopolitics are important, but they can only take us so far. Many on the left give lip service to democracy and popular uprisings, but they don't really believe what they say. I remember arguing with colleagues at college about postwar Vietnam. They were going on and on about the plight of the boat people. They didn't seem to grasp that when a nation's people are slaughtered, even under the best of circumstances (the Vietnamese liberation was, after all, due to the North Vietnamese communists and their allies in the NLF), radical democracy is unlikely to flourish and those who had aided the enemy unlikely to be treated with compassion. What government could do this and survive? Matters will be much worse when the government, such as it is, is run by a fascist murderer like Assad. And given the circumstances, isn't it likely that fanatics would have soon enough emerged, irrespective of any US efforts to crush them. Extreme misery never brings out the best in people. Of course, the US has never cared, and still doesn't, if Assad stays in power. It surely has never wanted a real democracy to flourish anywhere in the world.

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