[Marxism] Gilbert Achcar on Syria

Jeff meisner at xs4all.nl
Sat Feb 23 13:50:57 MST 2013

At 12:07 22/02/2013 -0500, Louis Proyect wrote:

Actually this particular article (which I do recommend) is not about Syria 
in particular but about developments in the Arab world generally. Most of 
the portion dealing with Syria was reproduced in the email I'm replying to.

However I would call attention to this video interview given by Achcar 
specifically on Syria, earlier posted by Louis:

>From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
>Subject: [Marxism] ZCommunications | On The Syrian Situation by Gilbert Achcar | ZNet Article

This 32 minute video, which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND was originally posted (and 
can also be watched) on the Socialist Resistance website at:


I can't speak highly enough both of Achcar's analytical clarity and 
familiarity with the history and current situation  in Syria, but I won't 
comment further as the video speaks for itself. Unfortunately there is no 
transcript available to read, so you have to listen to the whole 32 minutes 
of talking, but it is well worth your time.

My regard for Achcar was recently reaffirmed when a different subscriber 
mentioned him in a different context, and linked to an April 2011 article by 
him regarding Libya which I went back to reread. He had written that at a 
time when his name was being dragged through the mud as a "supporter of 
imperialist intervention," because he resisted the conventional wisdom that 
whenever an important world event takes place, one need only figure out what 
position the "main enemy" (Western imperialism) is taking, and then do the 
exact opposite. (Of course that simplistic paradigm has crumbled in practice 
during the last two years. For otherwise most of the left would now be 
supporting the Syrian revolution, which unfortunately they haven't.) Reading 
it two years later, his clarity on what was then just beginning in Libya and 
the likely outcomes, can be appreciated for its unique foresight. In two 
more years I expect his current wittings on Syria and the Arab revolutions 
will also attest to his analytical acuity.

- Jeff

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