Socialist Worker

Syria—the tragedy of defeated revolution

Issue No. 2534

A Russian warplane. Russia has backed up dictator Assad in Syria

A Russian warplane. Russia has backed up dictator Assad in Syria (Pic: Mil.ru/Wikimedia commons)


Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad’s forces have seized the whole of the city of Aleppo.

This was no liberation. There were repeated reports of massacres and of civilians fleeing for their lives.

The latest moves follow months of bombing and shelling by the Syrian army and its main sponsor, Russia.

Russia’s state broadcaster boasted of their force’s role in grabbing Aleppo.

The US and Britain have condemned the assaults.

They are hypocrites. The horrors in the Middle East did not begin with the brutality of the Assad regime or the Russian imperialist intervention.

The US and Britain have long supported dictators such as Hosni Mubarak in Egypt or Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia.

Wrecked

Tony Blair and George Bush’s invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan wrecked those countries.

And it is impossible to condemn Assad while selling arms to the Saudi Arabian regime which has rained down death on civilians in Yemen.

Syria shows the barbarity of a ruling class when it sees a threat to its power.

In 2011 a revolution swept Syria. It was a genuine popular revolt and part of the revolutionary wave across the Arab world.

But it was isolated and defeated, and its mass revolutionary energy snuffed out.

As Syria fell apart, competing powers rushed to intervene in their own interests.

Meanwhile the people of Syria have been murdered and driven from their homes. As refugees they have then faced the walls designed to keep them out of “sympathetic” European countries.

Further bombing and intervention by the blood-soaked outside powers are no solution. “No fly zones” or “aid from the air” would be policed by Western planes and will lead to more war.

Syria today is what ruling class reaction and imperialism look like.


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