[Marxism] Mairead Maguire: pacification activist | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Nov 3 11:40:50 MST 2013

A couple of days ago an open letter to the American people by Mairead 
Maguire showed up on left Internet websites in praise of one Mother 
Agnes, a Syrian nun who is supposedly on a peace and reconciliation 
mission in the United States. Maguire won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for 
her work toward peace in Northern Ireland and her letter is peppered 
with references to a number of good souls whose path Mother Agnes is 

	Like Mahatma Gandhi in India,  the Berrigan Brothers in the  Peace 
Movement and the American Civil Rights Movement show us that the path to 
freedom and equality is a peaceful one. This journey of transformation 
in the pursuit of peace and justice is a constant challenge to the 
entrenched powers which thrive on hatred and war; acting as a constant 
challenge to blind prejudice and the lies that are necessary for war.

Maguire has been promoting “peace” in Syria for quite some time now. 
MRZine, a website associated with blind obedience to the Iranian and 
Syrian dictatorships, posted an article by her in July 2012 that praised 
Mother Agnes and others striving to defend a “secular and modern 
country”, codewords for Baathist rule. She called attention to “the 
thousands of christian refugees, forced to flee their homes by an 
imported Islamist extreme,” a phrase ripped from the pages of an 
al-Assad speech.


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