[Marxism] Anarchist speaks from Afrin

Chris Slee chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 31 05:50:37 MST 2018

A "settlement" with Assad  seems likely to be necessary, for three reasons.  

Firstly, there seems no realistic prospect of militarily defeating him, so long as he retains the support of Russia and Iran.

Secondly, he has support (if only as a lesser evil) from a significant section of the population, particularly the religious minorities who fear persecution by sectarian elements of the rebel movement.  A peace agreement would ease their fears and might make them more open to a political critique of the Assad regime.

Thirdly, a peace agreement would make it more difficult for Turkey to continue its occupation of parts of northern Syria, and invade new areas.

This does not mean that a peace agreement would be a panacea.  Colombia is a case where a peace agreement has so far failed to end the violence.

Still, it seems better than the alternative of continued war with little prospect of success.

Things could change if mass protests in Iran and Russia forced the withdrawal of Iranian and Russian military forces from Syria.  In Iran this may be possible, but in Russia it seems very unlikely.

Chris Slee

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Here is a report from a US or European anarchist in Afrin. Notice that his
entire narrative is about fighting ISIS and Turkey. Not a hint that the
PUD/YPG opposes Assad. And it's clear that he got this from the PYD/YPG.
Here's the best he can say: "
*Overthrowing Assad by military means is a dead project—or, at least, the
things that would have to happen to make it plausible again in the near
future are even more horrifying than the regime is. I hope that somehow,
someday, there can be some kind of settlement between the regime and
YPG/YPJ, and the regime and the rebels in Idlib, and everyone else who has
been suffering here."*
A "settlement" with Assad? Really?


John Reimann
*“In politics, abstract terms conceal treachery.” *from "The Black
Jacobins" by C. L. R. James
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