[Marxism] Saul Landau on Syria
lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Apr 22 08:42:25 MDT 2013
Apparently he has joined the MRZine, Voltairenet, Global Research, PSL
wing of the left:
This comment caught my eye:
"Photos and horror stories show ruins where homes and public buildings
once stood, dramatize famine where restaurants and markets once offered
Well, New York restaurants and markets offer abundant food but that does
not mean that the half of the city that is beneath the poverty line can
enjoy it. In point of fact, Egypt was ranked 116 in the world in terms
of UN Human Development Indicators in 2011 and may have also had
"abundant food". But that did not assuage the poor people whose anger
over the price of bread erupted into the Tahrir Square uprising.
Meanwhile, Syria was ranked 119. I am afraid that for those not
privileged enough to accompany Saul around on his Potemkin Village
visits to Syria might have been suffering a famine for all practical
Saul advises that "Witnesses in northwest Syria testify that some rebels
have used those weapons to slaughter Alawite and Christian villages."
Once upon a time Saul was a reliable journalist but advancing years (if
I ever write nonsense like his when I reach my late 70s, please advise
my wife to take away my Macbook) and an eagerness to make the case for
Baathism have eroded his standards. His ability to vouch for "witnesses"
is guarded at best.
You can find another article by Saul on Huffington Post that states:
Just weeks after the first March 2011 protests -- Arab Springtime -- the
media disregarded eyewitness evidence of armed groups shooting at and
killing members of Syria's security forces as well as civilians.
Reporter Pepe Escobar witnessed "the shooting deaths of nine Syrian
soldiers in Banyas" as early as April 10, 2011 (Asia Times, April 6, 2012).
You will note the quote from Escobar above. To my knowledge, Escobar has
*never* reported from Libya or Syria but prefers to write his
Islamophobic garbage from afar.
But I urge you to check out the referenced April 6, 2012 article here:
It does not contain a single word about shootings in Banyas. Now there
are others who have written about Banyas but not Escobar.
Now in terms of the killing of 9 Syrian soldiers back on April 10, 2011,
Maybe this was a response to the killing of peaceful protestors that had
BBC Monitoring Middle East - Political
April 8, 2011 Friday
Syrian forces kill more than 10 protesters in Dar'a - eyewitness
Al-Arabiyah television carried at 1135 GMT on 8 April an interview with
an eyewitness on media reports that there will be protests in the city
of Dar'a today, 8 April.
Asked about the situation on the ground, the eyewitness said : "Thus
far, more than 10 people have been martyred. The security forces
attacked Al-Umari Mosque and Shaykh Abd-al-Aziz Abazid Mosque in the
Al-Mahatah (station) area. They first dispersed the demonstrators using
an internationally prohibited gas. It was not teargas. They used an
internationally prohibited gas in these attacks. The security forces
fired live ammunition at the people to disperse them. Reports said that
a number of people were martyred or injured."
Asked about the slogans raised in these protests, the eyewitness said
that "the slogans called for punishing those who killed the martyrs.
They (the security forces) are still pursuing a policy of oppression and
adopting an outdated and rotten security mentality in their dealing with
the Syrian people."
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Now maybe the Syrians should have refrained from using violence even
after Baathist snipers had been picking them off. Frankly, I suspect
that many of the apologists for the al-Assad dictatorship would have
preferred this since their idea of peace is that of the graveyard.
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