[Marxism] Syria...

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Feb 21 12:52:59 MST 2012


On 2/21/12 2:42 PM, Ron Jacobs wrote:
> My question for those that seem to support the opposition without
> reservation is:  Do you want US/NATO/GCC military intervention?  If so, how
> can you call yourselves anti-imperialist?

Nobody wants imperialist intervention but that is really not what is 
being debated here. As you indicate, it is really the same problem we 
had in assessing the Libyan opposition last year. Or in years past, the 
KLA.

When we used to argue about Kosovo, it had nothing to do with NATO 
intervention. Everybody,including KLA supporters, opposed it. It was 
really a question of coming to terms with the KLA, Milosevic et al. I 
would never change a word I wrote about Milosevic but I became 
increasingly alarmed by the tendency of the "anti-imperialist" left to 
apply the same logic to Putin, Qaddafi, Mugabe, Ahmadinejad and a host 
of other creeps that are inimical to everything that socialists stand for.

The big problem with the pro-Assad left is that it cares little about 
the opposition, only looking for opportunities to demonize it. That is 
why I thought it was important for comrades to read the Jadaliyya 
article I posted earlier:


http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/4415/syrias-islamic-movement-and-the-current-uprising_p

For some reason, it is unavailable now but I would urge you to look for 
it tomorrow or later today.




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