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(What addled nonsense. What does Amin mean by "the next day"? The protests began in Dara'a on March 25, 2011. Does Amin mean that on March 26, the Islamist movements moved in and began attacking the army and police? This is the kind of crap that you'd expect to hear from Vanessa Beeley. In fact, there were counter-attacks in Dara'a only after the people got tired of what was happening to children like Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb, who was put on his parents' doorstep with bruises and burn marks across his body, three gunshot wounds, and severed genitals.)

Samir Amin:

The same is with Syria. In Syria, there was a growing civilian democratic popular movement against the regime because the regime had moved towards accepting neoliberalism in order to remain in power. But the West, the U.S. in particular, did not wait. The next day, they had the Islamist movements moving in and, with the same scenario, attacking the army and the police and calling the West in to help. But the regime was able to defend itself. The dissolution of the army expected by the U.S. did not happen. The so-called Syrian Free Army is a bluff. These were only a small number of people who were immediately absorbed by the Islamists. And now the Western powers, including the U.S., have to recognise that they have lost the war, which does not mean that the Syrian people have won it. But it means that the target to destroy the country through civil war and intervention failed. The imperialist powers have not been able to destroy the unity or the potential unity of the country. That is what they wanted to do with, of course, the approval of Israel—to repeat what happened in Yugoslavia. And they failed.

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