[Marxism] Counterpunch joins the pro-Assad brigades

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 4 20:05:58 MDT 2011

For citizens of NATO countries who consider themselves revolutionaries,
THESE are the deaths we should be talking about today. You can bet that,
even those this is a CNN story, and with Ivan Watson's byline I'm guessing
it will air on CNN, it's a story that's unlikely to be heard by most
Americans. It may well make the inside pages of The New York Times tomorrow,
but it's chances of making the print edition of most daily papers in the
country is probably nil. Educating people about the nature of imperialism is
a prerequisite to ending imperialism's reign. Joining in imperialism's
campaign against Syria only MISLEADS them into thinking that imperialism is
some kind of noble force in the world, practicing "humanitarian"
intervention with its "humanitarian" bombs and economic warfare.

Eli Stephens
 Left I on the News



A grown man sobbed as friends led him out of the mosque.  Mustafa Naji
al-Mrabet's left hand and feet were bandaged, there were bloodstains on his
robes, and the valve for an intravenous needle still stuck out of his arm.
He was both a husband and a father, deep in mourning.
Nearby, his brother-in-law, 26-year-old Abubakr Ali cried like a child.  Ali
pulled back the blankets covering two small coffins.  Inside lay the bloody
bodies of his nephews, Mohamed and Motez al-Mrabet, ages 5 and 3.  Their
mother Ibtisam lay in a coffin beside them.
All three were killed early Thursday morning as they slept, neighbors and
relatives said, when their house on the outskirts of this coastal city was
hit by a NATO airstrike.  Family members said a third child, 8-year old
Naji, was in intensive care after suffering serious injuries.
"This was a civilian home.  No army, no military, no Gadhafi forces.  It's a
family sleeping safely in their place," he said.  "This is the protection of
civilians," Ali added with disgust.  He was referring to the United Nations
Security Council resolution which authorizes the use of force in Libya in
order to protect civilian lives.
As tears streamed down his face, Ali took a Kalashnikov rifle and fired a
round of bullets into the air.
"Screw NATO and the (rebel) rats and screw those who gave the coordinates
for the attack," he yelled.  "God damn you now and in the afterlife.
Moammar (Gadhafi), I'm with you until the last drop of blood."

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