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

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Fri Aug 1 18:23:38 MDT 2014

Thanks for this. Great article. Trouble is, Saudi Arabia can't decide 
which part of the anti-imperialist camp to join. You are writing here 
about the Saudis immanent meeting with Iranian leaders. But about a 
month ago, precisely worried about US-Iranian negotiations and the 
further drawing of the US towards the Iran-Syria "resistance axis" to 
resist ISIS, the Saudis met with none other than the world head of the 
anti-imperialist camp, Russian FM Lavrov, and found a surprising amount 
of agreement on regional issues: 

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From: Louis Proyect via Marxism
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Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

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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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