Regardless of how much the capitalists and their pinhead academics want to celebrate the death of Communism and the poverty of Marxism, the dialectic is alive and well, reality is still material, the internal is still primary and the intertwining of class forces is still driving human history inexorably towards a world war. Syria is a good illustration of the internal being primary.
About a year ago, Syria was a part of the upswelling that’s been dubbed the Arab spring by the bourgeois media and was even called a revolution by other idealists. Groups of soldiers joined the protestors and it appeared like an armed struggle against a tyrant and for liberation was under way. Well, that was the appearance. The essence was militant reformism and a power struggle between factions with very different political goals.
The factions organized to bring down butcher al Assad were content to remain under a big tent for a brief moment, but it was only a matter of time before PL’s maxim that politics are primary was yet again illustrated to be correct. One group organized themselves as Sunni, others as secular, some want to cut a deal with outside western imperialists, others don’t mind the status quo with Eastern imperialists (Russia and China) and just want the massive amounts of wealth that Butcher Al Assas has been enjoying.
Without a cohesive bloc to arm, fund, and place into power, the US and company are struggling to figure out how to best topple Assad, stymie Iranian Hegemony, and block Russian and Chinese power projection. This lack of a proxy isn’t too bad in and of itself to the US/Israel/France axis, as they could just choose one splinter group, back it, and ride it to the general collapse of the Syrian state in a repeat of last year’s Libyan farcical tragedy, but Russia and China aren’t letting the axis push their humanitarian imperialist agenda through the UN.
Dialectics uncovers what appears to be a local conflict involving a power struggle between a second generation dictator and a splintering of insurgent forces and illustrates that this is, in essence, an element of the intensifying inter-imperialist rivalry that is driving the US axis towards a massive war in order to preserve their empire.
Regardless of how this US vs Syria puppet show pans out, the working class’ response must be Communist Revolution. The Socialist, Anarchist, and Communist organizations in the Middle East abandoned revolution long ago. Now, they support a whole panorama of terrible positions. If the working class were to follow any of those groups, we would find ourselves right back under an oppressive regime. It is now more crucial than ever that workers in Syria, Iran, the Levant, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and all over the world build the Progressive Labor Party, learn dialectical materialism, raise high the Red Flag, and begin the process of Communist Revolution.