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  •  This is so trueTrying to fight internal class (6+ / 0-)

    and gender and race contradictions while fighting anti-imperialism at the same time is an almost I impossible task. In terms of real politic, Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Israel (all local countries with imperialist ties find Syria important because 1)It is the way that  Iran funnels weapons to Hezbollah (Lebanon) which is an important factor in the regional balance of power with Israel on one hand and Saudi Arabia on the other. While these countries are obviously backed by Russia, China and the United States imperialist powers, The problem would remain even if the super powers weren't involved. One of the Iranian progressive groups has suggested trying to get Iran and the US to talk about using their super power pressure to insure chemical weapons are not used. Whether this could work or not it would still expose the hypocrisy of the two countries.

    •  Saudi Arabia and Iran are also imperialist powers (6+ / 0-)

      as far as I'm concerned. Neither has done anything to effectively check Israel's colonial expansion into Palestine and would be perfectly happy with a Greater Israel, all rhetoric aside, as long as they have more control of the region.

      •  I agree - generally though when we in the West (3+ / 0-)
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        AoT, NY brit expat, JayRaye

        discuss imperialist nations, we see only our own (a somewhat eurocentric view) and let the internal regional dynamics slide, viewing all in the region as simply the "victims" of western imperialism without their own agendas which are often not just imperialist but very classist.

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