[Marxism] Reaching the breaking point

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 9 08:40:12 MST 2013

You know, I have had it up to here with a left in the USA that cheers on 
Bashar al-Assad, who I find indistinguishable from Pinochet, Suharto, or 
the Shah of Iran. The only thing that keeps me going is the contacts I 
have made with the Arab left like this young Moroccan who just posted 
this comment on my article. All of you others hiding under your bed from 
Sharia law can kiss my ass.


Anas El Hawat commented on Semour Hersh and Richard Sale's senior moments

It's interesting how a large body of interconnected knowledge on Syria 
had been created to vindicate the position of the mainstream left and 
justify their indifference. It reminds me of the first chapter in Said's 
Orientalism where he documents DeSacy being quoted by Nerval, and Nerval 
being quoted by Napoleon. At each turn, the field of Orientalism with 
its complex relations and imaginations is validated. Propaganda feeds on 

And like the doctrine of Orientalism, it's sophisticated and, in my 
opinion, sophisticated propaganda for the Assad regime (from, say, Abu 
Khalil, Musa Al Gharbi, David Bromwhich) requires theoretical approaches 
to tear it down.

Then there's the bourgeois longing for a romanticized old Damascus 
squares and nostalgia for the artifacts destroyed: all Orientalist 
curtain for repression that's been going on for decades in Syria and the 
destruction of people.

By all means, I think you're doing a terrific job in documenting this 

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