Syria and Great Power Rivalry: The Failure of the „Left“


The bleeding Syrian Revolution and the recent Escalation of Inter-Imperialist Rivalry between the US and Russia – A Marxist Critique of Social Democracy, Stalinism and Centrism


by Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 21 April 2018,



Note of the Editorial Board: The pamphlet contains 5 tables, 2 figures and 1 map. The figures and the map can only be viewed in the pdf version (download below).



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Part 1:




The liberation struggle of the Syrian people against Assad retains its just character


Against all imperialist aggressors!


Old and new Great Powers



Part 2:


The Ex-Stalinist turned social democrats: “God save the United Nations”


The Stalinists (and some caricatures in Trotskyist camouflage): social-imperialist servants of Assad and Putin



Part 3:


The Morenoite LIT, UIT and FLTI: the heart on the right place but not their brains


CWI and FT: failure to understand the imperialist nature of China and Russia


CWI / SWP(UK) / FT: refusing to support the Syrian Revolution