A Marxist approach to war begins with the truism that war is the continuation of politics by other means.
What are the politics of the war on the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, or Daesh)?
ISIS is waging a political struggle first and foremost against the democratic revolution of Syria’s working and oppressed classes. Daesh’s most famous victims are journalists, humanitarian aid workers, and priests dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people and therefore they are enemies of the people. ISIS is also at war with:
- The fascist regime of Bashar al-Assad and its Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Force.
- The sectarian Shia-dominated government in Baghdad and its Iraqi Security Forces as well as allied Iraqi Shia sectarian militias, Iranian operatives, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
- The Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq and its peshmerga.
- The governing authority of Syria’s Kurdish areas…
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