The jeremiads about Trump’s election share one thing in common: the naive belief that US capitalism–a system of immense scope with international political, economic, & military entanglements–would leave its fortunes in the hands of one person & some hand-picked advisers. Does anyone really believe Wall Street & General Electric would invest trust in Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Mitt Romney?

The real analyses to be written are not about Trump’s election but about the possibility that Assad will defeat the popular movement against him in Syria. That is an imminent catastrophe with far-reaching consequences in the Middle East & on freedom struggles throughout the world.