[Marxism] Have Islamists Hijacked Syria’s Democratic Revolution?
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Mon Apr 1 13:54:40 MDT 2013
Have Islamists Hijacked Syria’s Democratic Revolution?
by Pham Binh on April 1, 2013
As the Syrian revolution progresses, support for it abroad among
The Alliance for Workers Liberty (AWL) is not alone in trading its
support for the revolution for “a plague on both your houses”
neutrality. The Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) made an
almost identical shift, albeit theirs seems to be based on smears and
falsehoods about the Free Syrian Army (FSA) rather than an all-sided
assessment of the contradictions of the Syrian opposition. Although
neither group is terribly influential, the essentials of the narrative
both have adopted about Syria is the predominant one among progressives
in the West thanks to outlets like The Nation, Counterpunch, Dissident
Voice, MRZine Online, Mondoweiss, Global Research, Black Agenda Report,
Jacobin, among many others.
From Self-Defense to Jihad?
The shift to the right among Marxists parallels the evolution of
petty-bourgeois Arab intellectuals such as Jadiliya who supported
Syria’s peaceful demonstrators but recoiled in fear when these same
demonstrators grew tired of being cut down by machine gun fire and took
up arms to defend themselves. If the revolution’s unavoidable
militarization repelled these intellectuals, the militarized
revolution’s “Islamization” repelled Marxists like AWL, CWI, and As’ad
AbuKhalil, the Angry (but not intelligent) Arab.
Underlying these shifts is the question of method.
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