[Marxism] Welcome to Free Syria

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 1 13:57:07 MDT 2012

Today a commenter on my blog demanded to know “the particularities of 
the rebel forces, [and] the classes they represent” in Syria as if I 
were on the witness stand in a criminal trial. Now this guy was not half 
as bad as some of the trolls who show up from time to time calling me a 
member of the Israel lobby or the next Christopher Hitchens, etc. You 
know the type, the kind of person whose whites of his or her eyes can be 
seen as they walk toward you on the sidewalk from sixty feet away. For 
the conspiracist left, the Syrian rebels are the latest version of UNITA 
in Angola or the Nicaraguan contras. How do they know this? Well, Turkey 
is providing aid to them and Hillary Clinton went to Turkey. That’s all 
you really need to know. This, of course, is the leftist version of “God 
said it, I believe it, that settles it”.

Fortunately, there’s an article in the latest Harper’s by Anand Gopal 
titled “Welcome to Free Syria” that sheds some light on the living 
humanity that has risen up against the Baathist dictatorship. Gopal, for 
what it is worth, has spoken at International Socialist Organization 
functions numerous times and for all I know may be a member. If so, they 
have covered themselves in glory by having one of their comrades making 
such a powerful contribution.

The article is behind a paywall but this longish excerpt should be 
sufficient to motivate you to get the magazine and read it in full.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/welcome-to-free-syria/

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