[Marxism] Religious Sectarianism and Killings in Syria and Turkey

Thomas Bias tgbias at ptd.net
Mon Aug 6 08:03:09 MDT 2012

Alevi is just the Turkish pronunciation of the Arabic Alawi. It's the same
religious group. The Alevis live mostly out in the eastern provinces north
of Syria, which is physically quite wild and has a crazy quilt of
ethnicities. I traveled in the area nearly forty years ago; it was
fascinating. Tom

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On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 1:20 AM, Angelus Novus
<fuerdenkommunismus at yahoo.com>wrote:

You're a dude writing on an email list.  The same thing with Shane.
> Talking about "support" or "fear" is just meaningless bluster.  You 
> are not a member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade circa 1937, so tone 
> down the cheesy Hollywood movie rhetoric.

I couldn't possibly agree more. Most of the "support" talk emanating from
leftists is Tinkerbell politics at its most transparent. If anyone in Syria
cares why you're clapping your hands, I haven't gotten the memo. This kind
of grandiloquent bluster about precisely nothing seems, for some reason,
uniquely endemic to Western leftists; perhaps they harbor subconscious
pretensions about the actual impact of their opinions?

Anyway, as a matter of trivia, if nothing else, thanks to the Angry Arab for
pointing out that the Times article that started this exchange confuses
Alevis for Alawites:


"Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen
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