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On 10/18/16 5:39 PM, Ken Hiebert via Marxism wrote:

This article has shown up in a Vancouver based publication.  I may send a 
letter in response.
Any commentary on it would be useful.  No rush, this is a monthly publication.
                        ken h


The article is typical Whitney bullshit.

There is zero mention of the social conditions inside Syria that drove people to desperation. Even Patrick Cockburn recognized them:

Again, consider Syria. The expansion of the free market in a country where there was neither democratic accountability nor the rule of law meant one thing above all: plutocrats linked to the nation’s ruling family took anything that seemed potentially profitable. In the process, they grew staggeringly wealthy, while the denizens of Syria’s impoverished villages, country towns, and city slums, who had once looked to the state for jobs and cheap food, suffered. It should have surprised no one that those places became the strongholds of the Syrian uprising after 2011. In the capital, Damascus, as the reign of neoliberalism spread, even the lesser members of the mukhabarat, or secret police, found themselves living on only $200 to $300 a month, while the state became a machine for thievery.

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