[Marxism] Marxism] Monthly Review recommends Maxmillian Forte to its readers

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Apr 1 12:58:30 MDT 2013

On 4/1/13 2:26 PM, Ethan Young wrote:
> Never met Max Ajl, but his bona fides look good: MERIP, Jadaliyya, Jacobin, Mondoweiss, etc. Since we haven't read the piece, it's hard to say it's a 'recommendation' of Forte. ey

Yeah, I met Max once and am very familiar with his writings.

This piece is typical, mourning Libya as "a shattered Arab state":


And here he is, polemicizing against a left that argues that "the Free 
Syrian Army is an adjunct of the Zap­atis­tas".( What left is that, I 
wonder? His left shoe?)


People like Max who have spent time in Gaza expressing solidarity with 
Hamas can't seem to get their heads wrapped around the notion that 
Hamas, unlike him, is far more opposed to al-Assad than they are to the 

NY Times February 24, 2012
In Break, Hamas Supports Syrian Opposition

GAZA —A leader of Hamas spoke out against President Bashar al-Assad of 
Syria on Friday, throwing its support behind the opposition and 
stripping Damascus of what little credibility it may have retained with 
the Arab street. It was Hamas’s first public break with its longtime patron.

Hamas’s prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, said during Friday 
Prayer, “I salute all people of the Arab Spring, or Islamic winter, and 
I salute the Syrian people who seek freedom, democracy and reform.”

The worshipers shouted back, “God is great” and “Syria! Syria!”

Mr. Haniya made his remarks in support of the uprising that is seeking 
to oust Mr. Assad, a reversal after years in which Mr. Assad has given 
safe haven to leaders of Hamas while helping supply it with weapons and 
cash in its battle against Israel.

But the remarks were almost as significant for where they were made: in 
Cairo, at Al Azhar Mosque.

During the years in which Syria supported Hamas, Egypt’s leaders were 
hostile to the group, treating it as a despised relative of the Muslim 
Brotherhood, which was also tagged an outlaw and banned. So Mr. Haniya’s 
remarks in Egypt served as another measure of how much has changed since 
popular uprisings began to sweep the region, removing President Hosni 
Mubarak of Egypt and now trying to topple Mr. Assad.

Mr. Haniya’s comments confirmed a distance between Hamas and Damascus 
that emerged several weeks ago when the group’s leadership abandoned its 
longtime base in Syria as the environment there became more violent. The 
remarks, which were seen as the group’s official position because of Mr. 
Haniya’s role, reflected a progressively deeper split with Mr. Assad. 
Hamas also recently allowed residents of Gaza to stage protests against 
Mr. Assad and in support of the uprising.

In Syria, the protest movement began peacefully, but Mr. Assad’s forces 
struck back with lethal force.

In Cairo, as Mr. Haniya spoke, the crowds also shouted against Iran and 
the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, both of which continue to support 
Mr. Assad and have long been hailed on the Arab street for remaining 
defiant toward Israel. That was yet another significant shift caused by 
the Arab uprisings.

“No Iran, no Hezbollah. Syria is Islamic,” protesters chanted, according 
to Agence France-Presse.

Iran has been a key supporter of Hamas. On Thursday, Al Sharq Al Awsat, 
a London-based Arabic newspaper, published remarks by Ezzat al-Rashq, a 
member of the Hamas political bureau, who said that Iran had been the 
main financial supporter for the Hamas government in Gaza. Without the 
Iranian money, he said, Hamas would have never been able to pay its 
45,000 government employees.

Mr. Haniya is in Cairo with other Hamas leaders from Gaza and abroad to 
meet with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, to try 
to form a government of national reconciliation between the two rival 
Palestinian movements. The plan for such a government was agreed to last 
May, along with a plan for Palestinian elections. But numerous disputes 
remain an obstacle.

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