[Marxism] Fwd: Saudi Arabia joins the Axis of Resistance | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 1 12:04:57 MDT 2014

Yesterday the NY Times reported on the closing of the ranks of Arab 
dictatorships against Hamas and the people of Gaza:

	After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last 
year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, 
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — that has effectively lined 
up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that 
controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the 
failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after 
more than three weeks of bloodshed.

	“The Arab states’ loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong 
that it outweighs their allergy to Benjamin Netanyahu,” the prime 
minister of Israel, said Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Wilson 
Center in Washington and a former Middle East negotiator under several 

One wonders why the Times did not mention another member of the 
coalition. By now it should be obvious that no leader is more committed 
to the war against “political Islam” than Bashar al-Assad as the 
Huffington Post reported on July 11, 2013:

	In an interview with a state-run newspaper Thursday, Assad said “Arab 
identity” was back on the right track after the fall from power of 
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which he contends had used religion for its 
own political gain.

	Assad’s comments to the Al-Baath newspaper, the mouthpiece of his 
ruling Baath party, came a week after Egypt’s military ousted Islamist 
President Mohammed Morsi as millions took to the streets to urge his 
removal. Morsi was Egypt’s first freely elected president.

	Assad calls the revolt against him an international conspiracy carried 
out by Islamist groups such as the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood – a branch 
of the Egyptian group with the same name to which Morsi belongs.

	“The Muslim Brotherhood and those who are like them take advantage of 
religion and use it as a mask,” Assad said. “They consider that when you 
don’t stand with them politically, then you are not standing with God.”

Now of course this might be a bit of a paradox for those who have long 
argued that a Saudi Arabia acting in cahoots with the CIA was 
spearheading a drive to impose “political Islam” on the Arab world and 
mostly in Syria as stage one in an assault on Iran and then on—who 
knows—Russia. This article has been published in one form or another at 
least a thousand times in “anti-imperialist” websites.


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