From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Syria is a pseudo-struggle
The ongoing struggle we see is a false one, lacking the kind of radical-emancipatory opposition clearly perceptible in Egypt
Friday 6 September 2013 13.42 BST
All that was false in the idea and practice of humanitarian interventions exploded in a condensed form apropos Syria. OK, there is a bad dictator who is (allegedly) using poisonous gas against the population of his own state – but who is opposing his regime? It seems that whatever remained of the democratic-secular resistance is now more or less drowned in the mess of fundamentalist Islamist groups supported by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, with a strong presence of al-Qaida in the shadows.
As to Bashar al-Assad, his Syria at least pretended to be a secular state, so no wonder Christian and other minorities now tend to take his side against the Sunni rebels. In short, we are dealing with an obscure conflict, vaguely resembling the Libyan revolt against Colonel Gaddafi – there are no clear political stakes, no signs of a broad emancipatory-democratic coalition, just a complex network of religious and ethnic alliances overdetermined by the influence of superpowers (US and western Europe on the one side, Russia and China on the other). In such conditions, any direct military intervention means political madness with incalculable risks – say, what if radical Islamists take over after Assad’s fall? So will the US repeat their Afghanistan mistake of arming the future al-Qaida and Taliban cadres?
Žižek book review: here.
- British Conservative prefers peaceniks to his own Prime Minister on Syria (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- |Three steps to stop war on Syria! (truthaholics.wordpress.com)
- Middle East Christians Hosts Rally on Sept. 7, Against US Intervention in Syria (faithinspires.wordpress.com)
- Intelligence ‘Manipulated’ to Favor War, Dem Congressman Alleges… (usnews.com)