The parties involved in the revolt in Syria so far have not made their programs public. Undoubtedly, the drift of the Ba’athist regime, won over to neoliberalism and singularly passive in the face of the Israeli occupation of Golan, is the reason for the uprising of people. However, the CIA’s intervention must not be ruled out: i.e., groups who have infiltrated into Daraa from neighboring Jordan. The mobilization of the Muslim Brotherhood, who years ago were the cause of the insurrections in Hama and Homs, is perhaps not unrelated to the plot of Washington, which is seeking to put an end to the alliance between Syria and Iran essential to the support for Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.
Samir Amin is the director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal. The original article “2011 : le printemps arabe ?” from which the above paragraph was excerpted was first published in Nouveaux Cahiers du socialisme on 22 May 2011. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).