[Marxism] Assad's backers on the left are ignoring reality

Dan Weiner dcwein at dcwein.cnc.net
Mon May 13 13:38:07 MDT 2013


But I remember deamonization of Col. Qaddhafi all the way back in the
eighties when Reagan made his ridiculous claims about a team of Libyan
hitmen dispatched to the US.
Anywayone remember, what fond memories of Mr. Reagan and his extravegant
statements, like his Evil Empire statement at the speech of Evangelicals in
Orlando, my howmetown.--smile.

Dan W.

 

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On 5/13/13 2:26 PM, Lester Schonbrun wrote:
> I claim there is a similarity between reporting of events in Syria and 
> past reporting about Iraq, Panama, Nicaragua, Yugoslavia, Libya, etc..  
> It seems to me that Assad is being singled out in the way Hussein, 
> Noriega, Ortega, Qaddafi, and Milosevic were.

This is not true, at least with respect to Liyba. Until the Arab Spring,
there was not much in the way of Qaddafi demonization. I wrote about this
here:

http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/what-5-years-of-lexis-nexis-rev
eals-about-libya-and-the-west/

This was typical:

The Washington Post
November 6, 2007 Tuesday
Oil Wealth Fuels Gaddafi's Drive For Reinvention

By Ellen Knickmeyer; Washington Post Foreign Service

DATELINE: TRIPOLI, Libya

Brother Leader Moammar Gaddafi still exhorts his people to greatness from
billboards, banners and murals. But these days a different kind of command
is driving Libya's transformation as the newly opened country taps into oil
wealth: "izala," Arabic for "raze it to the ground."

Surveyors are spraying the word in red paint up and down Libya's
Mediterranean coast. The orange-vested road crews are tagging for demolition
the old Libya - low-rise, stucco Libya, sleepy under decades of Gaddafi's
socialist economy and international sanctions.

To rise in its place, Gaddafi's officials say: the increasingly capitalist
Libya, with new buildings for the country's new stock exchange. Airports to
ferry in and out a dreamed-of annual flow of 30 million oil workers,
tourists and other travelers. The world's second-largest port after
Singapore. Railways. Highways. Hospitals. 
Schools. Luxury beachfront hotels.

Libyans and Westerners here cite a statement attributed to Gaddafi: 
Libya must destroy in order to rebuild.

"I can't believe they're going to do it," one white-haired shopkeeper said
this past weekend at his snack shop on the coast road east of the capital,
Tripoli. "Izala" was scrawled across the front of his sandstone shop,
marking it for bulldozing to clear the way for a highway.

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I an understand why Lester has so little understanding of the press coverage
on Libya before the Arab Spring or the hostility toward the Syrian
opposition leader in Foreign Policy magazine.

If your take on these issues is based on a steady diet of wsws.org, the PSL,
Voltairenet, Global Research, MRZine et al, you would be left with no other
conclusion. That, after all, is the purpose of propaganda.




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