[Marxism] Assad will fall
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Thu Oct 25 18:45:34 MDT 2018
In the summer of 2015, the Assad régime forces collapsed in the northwest
province of Idlib, town after town falling to the rebels, culminating in
the humiliating siege of the Tiger forces led by the star military officer
Suheil al-Hassan, in the National Hospital in Jisr al-Shugour.
You wouldn’t have read this in the media at the time. Taking the lead from
régime apologists like Patrick Cockburn, the mainstream narrative was that
Assad had defied predictions of his demise and was the strong and stable
leadership Syria needed as the only alternative to al-Qaeda and ISIS taking
over the country with the aid and acquiescence of the West and its allies.
An analysis dishonest in a number of aspects, such as Assad fighting ISIS
rather than cooperating with them, but significantly, he had only survived
because of the massive foreign intervention in his favour and an equally
significant indifference by those powers rhetorically opposed to him.
Russia provided a billion dollars of weaponry a month and UN Security
Council vetoes against censure for his crimes, Iran provided tens of
thousands of troops from its proxy Shia jihadist militias, firstly
Hezbollah from Lebanon, but moving on to recruit from as far away as
Tajikistan. The US blocked any anti-aircraft weapons that could have
stopped Assad’s barrel bombing, and refused to take action to bring him to
account even when he blatantly crossed President Obama’s red line by using
a whole bunch of chemical weapons in 2013.
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