Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

September 17, 2012

The Revolution Betrayed: Obama and the Syrian Uprising

Filed under: Syria — louisproyect @ 1:42 pm

The North Star

The Revolution Betrayed: Obama and the Syrian Uprising

by Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp on September 16, 2012

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The first peaceful protest in Syria in January 2011 was directed not at the regime of Bashar al-Assad but against that of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Protestors gathered in front of the Egyptian embassy, heavily armed with candles (provided by the Central Intelligence Agency, no doubt) and placards that said “yes for freedom” (in the background) and “no for killing the Egyptian youth” (in the foreground).

This innocuous solidarity demonstration was squashed by the Assad regime.

Evidently the thirst for political freedom is highly contagious, and the Syrian people had to be protected from it at all costs, including their lives.

Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb, martyred but not forgotten

Stamping out peaceful protests by force — the tried and true method of the Assad regime ever since Hama in 1982 — succeeded at first but failed in the long run. In March of 2011, children who wrote anti-government slogans on walls in Dara’a were detained, beaten, and tortured. This barbaric act, the first of many to come, sparked what is rightly considered the beginning of the Syrian uprising.

Not long after, in April 2011, the regime handed the broken body of 13-year-old Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb to his parents sans genitals, dignity, and life. His crime?

Attending a peaceful protest in Jiza.

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