[Marxism] Making excuses for Bashar al-Assad
lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 11 08:01:17 MDT 2011
Some in the Arab world and on the international left, alas, make
excuses for the regime’s brutality on the grounds that it belongs
to the “resistance axis” arrayed against the US and Israel.
Because it has been a conduit for arms used to drive Israel out of
Lebanon, for instance, the regime is to be granted leeway in
battling its opponents, no matter who they are or what they seek.
Such is the opportunistic position of Hizballah in Lebanon, as it
defies its own stated principles of resistance to injustice in
favor of keeping secure the flow of arms and logistical support
through the Syrian channel. In so doing, Hizballah demonstrates
that it is like any other self-interested political party,
tarnishing its cherished reputation for nobler motivations.
Being critical of Western intervention, or even supporting
resistance to it, does not require a stance of support for the
Damascene cusp of the “axis,” either ethically or logically. The
struggles of activists against US hegemony or against Israeli
occupation of Palestine will not be harmed by the fall of the
Syrian regime, which has mostly “resisted” civil rights and a
decent life for ordinary Syrians (and, for 35 years, full Lebanese
sovereignty). If anything, the “resistance” rhetoric of Damascus
and Tehran has besmirched the name of activists for peace and
justice by association, even if that association is usually
unwanted and, therefore, unfair.
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