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Hidden Drivers Beneath Western Barbarism

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--They seek to rebrand the savage terrorists as "moderates" and then to eternally provide them with a cover of legitimacy

--They seek to create chaos, sectarianism, ethnic enclaves that turns the people's commitment from the homeland to conflicting groups that seek help from foreigners against their own people

--They seek to be branded as "humanitarian" and "protectors" to save the people from (externally engineered) conflict and misery

By imposing economic and armed terrorism on the people, by waging a phony war against their own proxies, and by destroying a country's infrastructure, the imperialists seek to be seen as saviours, humanitarians, protectors, who can then introduce the "free market" of international capital, which will be the coup de grace to effect the final destruction of the host country.

We've seen the same script play out most recently in Libya and Iraq.

Stephen Gowans explains in "Aspiring to Rule the World: US Capital and the Battle for Syria":

"Significantly, every country in which the United States has intervened militarily either directly or through proxies, or threatened militarily, since WWII has had a largely publicly owned economy in which the state has played a decisive role, or has had a democratized economy where productive assets have been redistributed from private (usually foreign) investors to workers and farmers, and in which room for US banks, US corporations and US investors to exploit the countries' land, labor, markets and resources has been limited, if not altogether prohibited. These include the Soviet Union and its allied socialist countries; China; North Korea; Nicaragua; Yugoslavia; Iraq; Libya; Iran; and now Syria. We might expect that a foreign policy dominated by a wealthy investor class would have this character."

Syria, then, is opposing international forces of Capital that threaten its very existence. These imperial forces are trying to impose a globalized dictatorship of Capital that expresses itself externally in the economic sanctions and the invading terrorists ravaging Syria, even as expresses itself through "internal imperialism" in Western countries such as Canada, where public resources are increasingly looted for the benefit of international investors, and oligarch classes, foreign and domestic.

Instead of worshipping at the altar of transnational predatory capitalism, which is spreading war and poverty throughout the world, we should be embracing "Life Capital", and the forces of economic and political democracy that accompany it.

By Mark Taliano

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Mark Taliano is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) and the author of Voices from Syria, Global Research Publishers, 2017. Visit the author's website at where this (more...)

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