War is no solution for Syria

This video says about itself:

29 December 2011

Writer and activist Tariq Ali says Western intervention in Syria would be a disaster, as it is turning out to have been in Libya. Only a negotiated settlement can bring the civil war to an end.

See also here.

2 thoughts on “War is no solution for Syria

  1. Why we oppose Turkish intervention but do not deem it to be imperialist

    by Wilhelm Langthaler

    While the Syrian popular revolt is being massacred by Assad and for the
    time being seems to be not strong enough to topple his regime, a battle
    within the global anti-imperialist movement is raging over whether or not
    to support the democratic revolution. Some still believe that Assad is
    defending the banner of anti-imperialism against his people, even more as
    the Syrian National Council is appealing more and more for outside help.

    While direct military imperialist intervention remains unlikely, mainly
    Turkey is projecting power onto Syria. Also military means can no longer
    be excluded within a medium term range. Turkish intervention is, however,
    limited by the political constraint to appear in line with the Arab
    spring, for which Ankara wants to serve as a model and take the lead.

    The Arab revolt comes in the context and is an expression of the crisis of
    the US-centred imperialist system, which is both an economic and political
    crisis. The new and decisive factor is the popular mass movement, which
    scattered the imperialist ancien regime in the region. Thus the US needs
    to re-organise their order. They essentially try to do so by embracing
    sections of the movement and by co-opting these sections into the US
    system. But conditions for imperialism are substantially worse than before
    as the imperialists will not be able to meet the social demands of the

    This is valid also for Syria, whose regime was part of the old order, even
    though Damascus did not completely succumb to imperialism as the others
    did. Weighing the factors, the popular mass movement is by far outdoing
    the anti-imperialist remnants of the regime. The movement and its social
    revolutionary forces need to be supported. Its victory in Syria would give
    a decisive push to the continuation of the Arab popular democratic

    Intro: Syria, Turkey and the Arab revolt

    Part I: Geo-politics versus revolution

    Part II: State of the Arab democratic revolt

    The Arab ancien regime
    Here come the Arab popular masses
    New role for Islamism?
    American embrace
    The Libyan case

    Part III: Syria – who is anti-imperialist?

    First stage: peaceful and anti-interventionist
    Western hesitation
    Turkey as a model and main player
    The Assad regime
    Second stage: descent into civil war
    The opposition and the Syrian National Council (SNC)


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