"The debate surrounding Syria has stooped very low among self-identified leftists and anti-imperialists..."
SYRIA: WE WILL NEVER USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO QUASH UPRISING. Israel's President Shimon Peres on Monday told CNN that his country will be forced to seize Syria's chemical weapons if it determines there is a risk President Bashar al-Assad would use them against the Jewish state or the weapons could fall into terrorist hands. That same day, the Syrian government said that it would not use chemical weapons against its own people. Insisting the stockpiles remain under the control of Assad's forces, the foreign ministry said all the attention focused on the weapons of mass destruction simply "aims to justify and prepare the international communitys military intervention in Syria under the false pretext of W.M.D.," according to The New York Times.
As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. Benjamin Disraeli
Secrecy is for losers. For people who do not know how important the information really is.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan - Secrecy: The American Experience (1998)
Syrian Air Force in action tonight. Attacking it's own people.
A time between ashes and roses is coming
When everything shall be extinguished
When everything shall begin
The Left seems to be universally locked into support for national bourgeois radical, or formerly radical, regimes to the exclusion of the possibility of independent action by the working class and peasantry.The regime has not done nearly enough compared to its allies in consolidating its anti-imperialist stance mainly because it is busier consolidating its internal control and dominance. To continue to insist on blanket support for Asad under the pretense of an anti-imperialist stance is to confuse anti-imperialism with blind support for nationalist elites. Furthermore, a refusal to conflate the two is not an invention of “liberal armchair intellectuals” as some first wayers claim. Such a refusal was substantively formulated by one of the pillars of anti-colonial thought, Frantz Fanon, whose name is conspicuously absent from the political lexicon of Asad apologists. Long before neoliberal elites had come to power, Fanon warned against the excesses of nationalist bourgeois elites in using anti-imperialist or anti-colonial discourse to disguise their own comprador role in consolidating imperialist structures of control. Fanon’s analysis might actually help explain why some Arab leftists, who are likely more sensitive to anti-colonial history than international anti-imperialists, are third wayers rather than outright supporters of the regime.
But instead of invoking Fanon, apologists will go so far as to invoke Lenin’s quote about third-party politics, which is really a language trick no different than someone quoting Tony Blair’s own reference to a “third way” in order to undermine third-way politics in Syria. Lenin was at times more than willing to compromise when it came to dealing with imperialist forces (i.e., the Brest Liovsk treaty). In the instance of his critique of third-way politics, the communist leader was actually more concerned with class struggle and contemptuous of those, like liberal socialists, who did not take a firm and uncompromising position in this struggle against the bourgeois class. In fact, a reference that would have better served Asad apologists is Lenin’s disagreement with Rosa Luxemburg over backing the third-world bourgeoisie. Lenin’s critique of third-way politics may thus ironically lend itself more to backing calls for no compromise with Asad, given that the Syrian uprising’s class is largely made up of the countryside peasantry and suburban working class. It is true that the peasantry have a very dubious representation in the intellectual history of Marxism. In the case of Syria, the dominant political expression of their uprising has not only taken on a reactionary form (read “religious” in Marxist terms). It is in fact, contrary to what many pro-uprising folks want us to believe for romantic or more sinister reasons, backed by imperialist and reactionary regional regimes. However, admitting this problematic political expression of the uprising necessitates a third way, not a stance that is apologetic for the Asad regime.
Both the outside powers with their expat 'rebels' and the left, backing Assad, are hostile to the 'organic revolution' mentioned by the writer.
With a vacuum of leadership and organisation on the left, this will inevitably take on religious or other random forms.
The whole discourse on the left, including this writer, seems to think that anti-Imperialist national regimes like Assad's can be relied on for social progress.
Instead of which they are not capable of even defending past gains. The US and UK are voracious for new and deeper territorial control and these regimes, without support of their populations, are not capable of resistance.
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The recent senior Syrian army "defectors" are - surprise surprise - emerging as would-be replacements for Assad, presumably US-backed, putting forward a managed 'transition' (Clinton's term has really caught on) as in the Yemen and Egypt.
Saudi Arabia appears to be acting as the main US proxy and has put forward a UN resolution seeking 'humanitarian access' to Syria.
In the meantime, the local armed opposition, reportedly only with light arms, is being drawn into battle in Aleppo, where they are under attack from the Syrian airforce and army.
I hope they keep on the move, keep their heads down and stay alive.
Few more photos from Aleppo
What is interesting, guys on first two photos have M16 and M24 sniper rifles.
The only countries in region who use them are lebanon and Israel. Turkey use M16, but mostly M16A4 with different handguard and they don't use M24, because they prefer German sniper rifles
You can only leak what exists.
Great news.Foreign correspondents are spies
Perhaps you could tell me to whom I should address an invoice for several years of service as I could badly do with the money.
Few more photos
Looks like camera is important as ammunition for DSHK
Good thread on Military Photos here -
Any source for those camera photos bormotello? Not much in the image to say where or what it is.