[Marxism] Counterpunch joins the pro-Assad brigades

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 4 08:37:27 MDT 2011

On 8/4/2011 10:32 AM, Tristan Sloughter wrote:
> Counterpunch has always confused me since I know people who are published
> there and they have articles from people like Ralph Nader, but then they
> have pro-Gaddafi and pro-Assad articles...

Actually, this is the first pro-Assad article I have seen there. 
This is much more typical:

Syria's security forces, its military, and its Shahiba unleashed 
an indiscriminate and reckless killing spree on protesters. There 
is and has been in Syria an authentic desire for real democracy, 
for real economic opportunity, for elimination of the vast 
corruption and privilege given to Alawites and particular co-opted 
segments of the population, for a better quality of life, and 
above all for dignity. Interestingly enough, the protesters were 
not calling initially for Bashar's removal, but for vast reforms, 
for real elections, for removal of the emergency laws, for release 
of human rights prisoners, for a multi—party system, etc. etc. 
Bashar initially ignored these demands in his first Parliamentary 
speech, and then began to offer but not fulfill some of them. As 
the killing continued, numbering now some 1300 people, with 
thousands imprisoned, the demands grew for Bashar to go. Turkey 
begged Syria to push through reforms immediately to salvage 
Syria's political stability and block chaos in the region, but 
there was no response.


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