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

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jan 20 18:10:24 MST 2014

On 1/20/14 7:53 PM, Eli Stephens wrote:
> As for your analogy, I do hope you will reconsider. Syria is fighting a
> civil war with the means it has at hand, against an opposition armed both
> directly and indirectly by imperialism. And no doubt it would love to own
> sophisticated laser-guided or GPS munitions and other such "smart" bombs
> like the US and Israel, but it doesn't; the fact that it has to resort to
> improvised weaponry tells you something about the degree to which they are
> being resupplied by their allies.

Eli, apparently you are not following events in Syria that closely. 
Barrel bombs are not being used against rebel fighters. They are being 
dropped on civilian targets in the same exact way that Israel bombed 
Gaza. The excuses made by the Baathists are identical to those made by 
the IDF. If a civilian population shelters "terrorists", they will have 
to pay the price.

That is what is so depressing about the Baathist left. It uses the same 
talking points as Alan Dershowitz but in the name of some bogus 
"anti-imperialist" cause.

> Israel, meanwhile, is imprisoning,
> oppressing, dispossessing, and killing a people whose land it is occupying -
> the Palestinians. And, during such wars as the invasion of Lebanon (Cast
> Lead was probably too short), was ACTIVELY resupplied by imperialism.

And Syria is killing a people who were sick and tired of living in a 
dictatorship run by a family dynasty that was described as "socialist" 
on the Party of Socialism and Liberation website. 60 percent of the 
economy was owned by Bashar al-Assad's cousin in 2011 when the protests 
erupted in Syria. At that time Syria ranked beneath Egypt in UN HDI 
statistics. What a sad commentary on the mindset of a group that is less 
interested in the class struggle than it is in the geopolitical chess games.

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