[Marxism] Geneva Conference

Carl G. Estabrook galliher at illinois.edu
Tue May 21 08:40:22 MDT 2013

Not wanting to make common cause with a pig like Putin shouldn't lead anyone to make common cause with a pig like Obama. 

Escobar's analysis of the motives and actions of Qatar (and others) seems at least as accurate as the FT's.

On May 21, 2013, at 8:56 AM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
> http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/f2d9bbc8-bdbc-11e2-890a-00144feab7de.html#axzz2Tw1vLcIC
> However, there is no mention of "competing for profits". Qatar in fact was favorably disposed to al-Assad until it appeared that he was in danger of being toppled.
> "For Sheikh Hamad, the 61-year-old emir who has ruled Qatar since 1995 after deposing his father, the road to Damascus has involved a spectacular U-turn. It wasn’t long ago that Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma were regular visitors to Doha, as guests of the emir and his second wife, Sheikha Moza. Qatari institutions were big investors in Syria, with a $5bn joint holding company set up in 2008 to develop everything from power stations to hotels. The emir also championed the international rehabilitation of Assad during his gradual ostracisation by the US, Europe and his Arab peers; Sheikh Hamad was instrumental in restoring Syrian relations with France in the years before the uprising, when he counted the former president Nicolas Sarkozy as a friend. Back then Syria was part of an alliance – with Iran and Lebanon’s Hizbollah – that seemed on the ascendant, and Qatar, with typical pragmatism and opportunism, saw a chance to ride the wave as well as to moderate Assad’s policies."
> All of these outside powers from Russia to Qatar are looking at Syria from the standpoint of Metternichian "interest". I find it singularly depressing to see the "anti-imperialist" left making common cause with a pig like Putin as if this was "defending the USSR" in 1941.

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