[Marxism] MRZine and chlorine gas attacks

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 30 08:48:42 MDT 2014


Today, on Yoshie's blog there are four tweets from a "Marxist-Leninist" 
named Phil Greaves who blames Al Qaeda and Al Nusra for such attacks on 
Syrian towns and villages. These allegations are made despite the 
preponderance of evidence that Baathist helicopters are responsible. For 
instance, Brown Moses has a report this morning:

http://brown-moses.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-chemical-attack-alleged-in-al.html

The local medical centre's Facebook page claims 70 were injured, and at 
least one death.  As with previous chlorine/ammonia attacks, it has been 
claimed that the attacks involved barrel bombs dropped from helicopters, 
with the medical centre claiming this is the third such attack on the 
town.  Videos posted on April 12th/13th and April 18th support the claim 
that this is the third attack in the town.

Al-Tamanah is located 15km northeast of Kafr Zita, and 20km south of 
Talmenes.  Both towns were subject to a recent investigation by the 
Daily Telegraph and SecureBio which confirmed high levels of chlorine 
and ammonia in samples taken from the impact sites of attacks on April 
11th, 18th, and 21st (click on the links for videos from those attacks). 
  As with the Al-Tamanah attack, and other reported chemical barrel bomb 
attacks in the area, witnesses have consistently reported the use of 
helicopters to drop the chemical barrel bombs used.  As it stands, 
around a dozen chemical barrel bomb attacks have been alleged in that 
region in the last three weeks.

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Now I understand that people like Phil Greaves and Yoshie Furuhashi are 
lost to the left but it continues to amaze me that John Foster Bellamy 
remains indifferent to the damage that MRZine does to Monthly Review's 
reputation.




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