[Marxism] Is Britain "fanning the flames of war" in Syria?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun May 4 09:46:07 MDT 2014

Mr. Ian Sinclair,

In your article that appears on ZNet today, you back up your claim by 
referring your readers to  Seymour Hersh's batty LRB article:

"According to Seymour Hersh’s latest expose in the London Review of 
Books, from early 2012 MI6 was helping the CIA transfer weapons from 
Libya to the Syrian rebels. Funding for this ‘rat line’ came from 
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. After the September 2012 attack on the 
US Consulate in Benghazi (likely targeted because of its role in these 
arms transfers), Hersh notes that the US – and presumably Britain – 
ended its involvement, although the rat line continued without them."

Aren't you aware that Hersh's article is entirely based on unnamed 
sources? And that one of them is most likely a character named Michael 
Maloof? In other words, you have written an article based on the 
findings of the very man who Judith Miller relied upon for her NY Times 
articles on WMD's that preceded the invasion of Iraq.

In a June 7, 2004 article New York Magazine article on Miller’s 
reporting, Franklin Foer described the Miller-Maloof connection:

Miller is said to have depended on a controversial neocon in Feith’s 
office named Michael Maloof. At one point, in December 2001, Maloof’s 
security clearance was revoked. In April, Risen reported in the Times, 
“Several intelligence professionals say he came under scrutiny because 
of suspicions that he had leaked classified information in the past to 
the news media, a charge that Mr. Maloof denies.” While Miller might not 
have intended to march in lockstep with these hawks, she was caught up 
in an almost irresistible cycle. Because she kept printing the neocon 
party line, the neocons kept coming to her with huge stories and great 
quotes, constantly expanding her access.

full article: http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/media/features/9226/

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