[Marxism] Fwd: In the Middle East, our enemy's enemy must be our friend - Voices - The Independent

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Apr 12 06:49:55 MDT 2015

This article confirms once and for all that anti-intervention has always 
been selective. Patrick Cockburn says that he is okay with US air power 
being used in Syria as long as it is used against ISIS *and* al-Nusra. 
Of course, in the latter case it means bombing one of the more effective 
rebel forces because it is "al-Qaeda". If you stop and think about it, 
what distinguishes this from drone attacks taking place against 
Islamists all around the world? It effectively legitimizes strikes 
against the Taliban as well. Finally, it should be noted that Cockburn 
sounds pretty much like Christopher Hitchens did back in 2004 or so:


Given that there are 2.8 million Muslims in Britain, 4.1 million in 
Germany and 5 million in France, al-Qaeda-type movements are bound to 
find some supporters.

What should be done? The only way of dealing with Isis, al-Qaeda and 
other jihadi movements is in the countries where they flourish. The 
great mistake after 9/11 was for Washington to absolve Saudi Arabia of 
responsibility – though 15 of the 19 hijackers, bin Laden himself, and 
much of the money spent on the operation came from Saudi Arabia – as 
well as Pakistan, which had propelled bin Laden’s hosts, the Taliban, 
into power in Afghanistan.

Once again al-Qaeda-type movements are not being targeted effectively 
despite their many enemies.

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