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

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu May 31 19:34:06 MDT 2012

On 5/31/12 8:36 PM, Eli Stephens wrote:

> You're kidding, right? Instead of discussing your blatant falsification of
> the PSL's characterization of the Syrian state, you want me to discuss a
> speculative (and completely irrelevant) hypothetical which quite literally
> has no answer and never will.

You had the gumption to compare Allende's Chile to Assad's Syria, not 
me. In fact there is little difference between Baathist rule and 
Mubarak's. The notion that the US considered Syria as some kind of 
obstacle to its interests in the Middle East is a *joke*.

The PSL article claimed that the lack of democracy in Syria can be 
traced to external threats. Just so there is no mistake, let me quote 
the article:

"Even in countries that broke free from imperialist domination – such as 
Syria, Libya and Iran following the 1979 revolution –the threat of 
invasion and overthrow were not exactly conducive to the expansion of 
democratic rights."

This is bullshit.

The Baathists were never interested in democracy, nor was Qaddafi, nor 
were the clerics in Iran. They used repression to defend their *class 
interests*. The PSL is basically provided left cover for disgusting 
dictatorships in the same fashion that the CPUSA provided cover for 
Stalin through Brezhnev. It is really weird that the only true 
expression of Stalinism today comes out of a current that had its 
origins in the Trotskyist movement nearly 60 years ago when someone 
named Sam Marcy decided that Soviet tanks were defending "socialism" in 

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