[Marxism] Why Twitter sucks big-time (for debates, at least)

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Mon Jan 20 15:40:18 MST 2014

The McClatchy report is crap. I started a critique on another list, but
there is so much wrong with it that I ran out of time. This is what I did:

New analysis of rocket used in Syria chemical attack undercuts U.S. claims
> by Matthew Schofield
> McClatchy Foreign Staff
>  1/15/14
> BERLIN — A series of revelations about the rocket
> 2 types of rockets were used in the sarin gas attacks,
>>  believed to have delivered poison sarin gas to a Damascus suburb last
>> summer are challenging American intelligence assumptions about that attack
>> and suggest that the case U.S. officials initially made for retaliatory
>> military action was flawed.
> The evidence that this attack came from Assad's forces came from many
> sources and is overwhelming:
>> A team of security and arms experts, meeting this week in Washington to
>> discuss the matter, has concluded that the range of the rocket that
>> delivered sarin in the largest attack that night was too short for the
>> device to have been fired from the Syrian government positions where the
>> Obama administration insists they originated.
> SAA had many positions well with in range, they had been firing rockets on
> Ghouta for months.
>> Separately, international weapons experts are puzzling over why the
>> rocket in question – an improvised 330mm to 350mm rocket equipped with a
>> large receptacle on its nose to hold chemicals – reportedly did not appear
>> in the Syrian government’s declaration of its arsenal to the Organization
>> for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and apparently was not uncovered by
>> OPCW inspectors who believe they’ve destroyed Syria’s ability to deliver a
>> chemical attack.
> These rockets have shown up in many videos of attacks launched by the
> Assad regime, there has been no record of the opposition having or using
> them.
>> Neither development proves decisively that Syrian government forces did
>> not fire the chemicals that killed hundreds of Syrians in the early morning
>> hours of Aug. 21. U.S. officials continue to insist that the case for
>> Syrian government responsibility for the attack in East Ghouta is stronger
>> than any suggestion of rebel involvement, while experts say it is possible
>> Syria left the rockets out of its chemical weapons declaration simply to
>> make certain it could not be tied to the attack.
>> “That failure to declare can mean different things,” said Ralf Trapp, an
>> original member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
>> and a former secretary of the group’s scientific advisory board. “It can
>> mean the Syrian government doesn’t have them, or that they are hiding them.”
>> As above, there is other evidence that they had them, see Brown Moses.

McClatchy seems to be a rather bios source. This is what I wrote about them
The Changing Importance of Qusayr, Syria in the
> A year ago, 23 April 2012, when Qusayr was a liberated city, McClatchy
> called<http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/04/23/146425/rare-inside-view-of-syrias-rebels.html#.UcC7GxWJSlh%23storylink=cpy>Qusayr *"this
> all but abandoned city that once was home to 35,000 people near the border
> with Lebanon."*
> Now, 5 June 2013, after Assad had taken it back, it is<http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/06/05/193119/after-assad-victory-over-rebels.html#.UcC9QBWJSlg> *"the
> strategic city of Qusayr in central Syria"*

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On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

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> On 1/20/14 5:07 PM, Eli Stephens wrote:
>> But now that those very same scientists have continued to analyze the
>> evidence and cast serious doubt that the weapons were fired by the Syrian
>> government, suddenly the new study isn't part of "all the news that's fit
>> to
>> print."
> I dealt with this report here:
> http://louisproyect.org/2013/12/29/theodore-postol-
> falsifies-the-seymour-hersh-hypothesis/
> The bottom line is that the MIT report is at variance with the Obama White
> House's findings but consistent with the analysis put forward by Elliot
> Higgins.
> But in many ways, this is irrelevant. Any state that drops barrel bombs on
> a Palestinian slum like Yarmouk is no different than Israel vis-a-vis Gaza.
> That is the point being made by Palestinians like Omar Chaaban:
> Rejecting collective punishment from Gaza to Syria
> Omar Chaaban on January 20, 2014
> No moral principle can possibly sustain the claim that in some cases it is
> acceptable to target civilians even if these civilians are opposed to the
> government’s point of view. In fact, especially when civilians stand in
> opposition to the government and its policies, this government must do
> whatever it takes to protect the right of these civilians to express
> dissent even if this means making those who are in power ‘uncomfortable.’
> So if we, as Palestinians, wholly reject collective punishment exacted
> upon our brothers and sisters in Occupied Palestine, then why are some of
> us applying different moral standards to the crisis in Syria? Why is it
> that when Assad’s forces are shelling Hama and Aleppo there is a silence
> that pierces that heart and soul of every person of conscious? Why do some
> Palestinians go out of their way to find reasons to stay neutral when it
> has become more than evident that the brutal regime in Syria knows no
> limits to destruction, death and carnage? And why do some try to discredit
> this revolution by using the claim that there are certain elements that
> pander to the West and are ripe with corruption when at the same time our
> own leadership in Ramallah is in bed with Zionist politicians in Tel Aviv
> and Washington? Should we not clean our house before we tell others to
> clean theirs? Or do the Syrians not deserve the same moral standards that
> we apply to ourselves?
> These are very important questions. The credibility of our claim to return
> and liberation depends on showing uncritical support for the return and
> liberation of other oppressed peoples as well. We must cast aside our
> attachment to neutrality and replace them with unequivocal rejection of
> anything that comes out of the Syrian regime. We must express in the
> clearest of terms our support for the millions of Syrians who continue to
> reside in more than abhorrent circumstances in under-equipped refugee camps
> where many have died from starvation or piercing cold. Palestinians, who
> for the past 65 years, have taught the entire world what it means to be
> persevere, strong, collected, and filled with life, must realize that it is
> time to stand at the frontline of the struggle against Assad’s regime and
> say that enough is enough.
> full: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/01/rejecting-collective-punishment.html
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