[Marxism] Syria's Islamists

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Feb 21 10:40:37 MST 2012

On 2/21/12 12:29 PM, james pitman wrote:
> To be fair Eli, Louis' views are pretty transparent and consistent. On
> which side of the socialist - barbarian divide do you think Assad sits? [if
> we can abstract from Western intervention, wider forces for just a moment].

Well, clearly for the pro-Assad left, he is a "lesser evil". To me it is 
really fascinating to see how Counterpunch, PSL et al apply the same 
reasoning to these conflicts that people like Katrina vanden Heuvel 
apply to the American elections. "Yes, we know that Obama [or al-Assad] 
is pretty bad but the alternative is too horrible to consider."

I of course make an exception for MRZine that loves al-Assad in the same 
way that the CPUSA loves Obama. For Yoshie, he is not a "lesser evil" 
but the greatest president the Syrians ever had.

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