Syria

“Revolution” in Syria? No.

As described in my previous posts on the issue, the Syrian conflict is highly complex and involves a Russian-and Iran-backed “secular” Assad regime, extremely brutal in nature, pitted against an overwhelmingly jihadist and reactionary armed uprising. Initial protests were mostly non-violent, but as with other protests in the so-called “Arab Spring,” they were contested space. They contained sectarian religious types, right-wing Islamists and Salafists, and others looking to exploit the opening, in addition to a large number of oppressed and exploited Syrian workers just looking for a more responsive government and better public services. Since the latter elements lacked a coherent vision able to…
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