[Marxism] Fake Houla Massacre Photo: Was the BBC set up?

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Thu May 31 15:30:01 MDT 2012

By the way, Louis, you really must learn how to read. Saying that "Syria
remains too much like the socialist state the Arab Socialist Ba¹ath Party
founders envisaged for it, and too little like a platform for increasing the
profits of overseas banks, investors and corporations" is NOT the same as
saying that "Syria is a socialist state."

There are MANY examples of countries which few if any people here would
characterize as a "socialist state," but which were still in the crosshairs
of imperialism because they were "too much like [a] socialist state" - Chile
under Allende, Nicaragua under the Sandinistas, Venezuela under Chavez,
etc., etc. Of course it's not JUST being "too much like a socialist state"
which puts you in those crosshairs, as a country like Sweden proves; no,
it's being "too much like a socialist state" COMBINED with political
independence, with probably more emphasis on the latter than the former.

And while we're on the subject of not reading very carefully (or willfully
ignoring what you read), there's this latest comment from you, intended to
warn off "new comrades" against believing anything I have to write,
apparently: "Well, it just might strike some people as odd that you are so
intent on making Assad look good." Apparently you think that refuting the
lies that appear in the imperialist press can only have one motive, to "make
Assad look good." Since you refuse to refute those lies, but apparently
accept them, I can only assume that YOUR motive it to "make Hillary Clinton
and Susan Rice (et al.) look good." Are you happy now?

And while we're on the subject of slanders, you really should examine your
motives for claiming that the PSL characterizes Syria as a "socialist
state." Here's the most extensive recent analysis of the Syrian situation I
could find:


It's characterization of Syria as a "bourgeois-nationalist state" couldn't
be clearer, even to someone intent on misreading it.

Eli Stephens
 Left I on the News

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