“All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned.”

Most of us are unable to be detached about the pending defeat of the last Arab Spring uprising in Syria. It signals the, albeit temporary, defeat of epic struggles by millions of people in Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, & elsewhere against dictatorship & for humane, democratic societies. But it also signals the corruption & collapse of the old progressive movements, most importantly the international antiwar movement smothered by Islamophobia & anti-Semitism, associated with fascism-cum-Stalinism & indistinguishable from the Pentagon War on Terror. Chickens will come home to roost for those who betrayed principles of solidarity & are now cheering the victory of Assad & Russian militarism. Most of them have lost all credibility & respect for justifying dictatorship & militarism. For us who stand with the Syrian revolutionists, it is a time of grieving. But in time, we will pick ourselves up to rebuild all that has been profaned. That is our commitment.